No. 6 | Sodexo




  • Blacks, Latinos and Asians in Senior Leadership: 14.5% and 41.9% more than the Top 10 and Top 50, respectively
  • Blacks in Total Management: 66.4% and 75.4% more than the Top 10 and Top 50, respectively
  • Women Among Those Promoted Into Management: 37% more than the Top 50


Sodexo's commitment to diversity and inclusion remains a key priority in support of its employees, clients, customers and communities.

The company continues to focus on five key areas, including generations, sexual orientation, disabilities, culture and origins, and gender, with significant progress in its work to advance gender balance.

Globally, Sodexo has 50 percent women on its board and the global executive team has 31 percent women. In addition, it has 30 percent women among its top 1,400 senior leaders globally, and CEO Michel Landel has declared a 40 percent target, linked to incentives, by 2025. In North America, Sodexo has 36 percent women and 18 percent women of color on the executive team.

CEO of Geographic Regions and Region Chairperson for North America Lorna Donatone leads the Regional Leadership Committee, which governs its North American business operations. Sodexo's Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) is chaired by the CEO and is made up of internal C-suite executives, including the chief HR officer, chief legal officer, global chief diversity and inclusion officer and other regional committee leaders responsible for its business segments.

Amid external social and political climates, Sodexo launched its "Inclusion Amidst Turbulent Times — Fostering Understanding Across Differences" toolkit. It provided effective ways for employees to lead crucial conversations and engage in open, inclusive dialogue.

The company's most recent commitment is that 100 percent of Sodexo's workforce globally will have access to its programs for individuals with disabilities by 2025.


Lorna Donatone

CEO, North America

"From new hires to seasoned managers at Sodexo it is a point of pride throughout our organization that we are recognized for our diversity and inclusion efforts and our work to achieve gender balance. We believe that it is not only the right thing to do; it also creates a huge competitive advantage and is a driver of business success. All companies should seek to measure their commitment to gender balance, as they do for any other business driver."

Dr. Rohini Anand

SVP and Global Chief Diversity Officer

"Companies large and small have made and continue to make great strides toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and any number of external factors are making that work more important than ever. It's as much a business imperative as it is a societal ideal, particularly for global organizations like Sodexo with 425,000 employees in 80 countries."



U.S. Headquarters: Gaithersburg, Md.

Global Employees: 425,000

Last Year's DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 6

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