Sodexo Named to Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today their ranking as a top scorer on the Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index after receiving a score of 76 percent. The DBP Inclusion Index provides data and insight about participating organizations specific to their diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention, and advancement; organizational culture; and demographic transparency. This is the second annual DBP Inclusion Index where Sodexo scored above 70 percent.

“We are proud to be one of the 73 organizations that have earned a score of at least 65 percent and a spot on this year’s index,” said Rohini Anand, PhD, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo. “We are proud to be viewed as a leader in the diversity and inclusion space and will use our score on the DBP Inclusion Index as a benchmark to exceed in the future.”

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. Sodexo was named to Bloomberg’s 2018 Gender-Equality Index (GEI) – its first sector-neutral list of 104 global companies, and recognized on three of FORTUNE Magazine lists in 2017, including World’s Most Admired Companies, Change the World and the FORTUNE 500.

Key findings from the 2018 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index include:

Recruitment: 75 percent of Index organizations require interview slates for job openings to have diverse applicants (compared with 58 percent of all participants). 93 percent of Index organizations train recruiters to ask culturally competent questions of diverse applications (compared with 75 percent of all participants).

Talent Development: 51 percent of Index organizations have succession planning at top levels aimed specifically at women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ people (compared with 31 percent of all participants).

Company Culture: 78 percent of Index organizations provide special talent development programs for employees who become leaders of Employee Resource Groups (compared with 61 percent of all participants).

Accountability: 37 percent of Index organizations compensate managers for diversity and inclusion results (compared with 24 percent of all participants).

The DPB features 124 organizations and of those, 73 are listed as members of the 2018 DBP “Inclusion Index” after scoring at least 65 percent of the available points. Completed applications were collected online from December 2017 to March 2018.