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Award highlights Sodexo commitment to diversity, inclusion

Another National Restaurant Association member is getting noticed for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Sodexo recently received a Catalyst Award for its innovative approach to recruiting, developing and advancing women and minorities.

Sodexo, one of two companies honored this year, was recognized for a multi-faceted diversity and inclusion strategy that resulted in culture change for the organization. As a result of the program, several important changes occurred between 2003 and 2010:

• Women in leadership positions have increased 74 percent.
• The number of women on the executive committee is up 67 percent.
• The number of women in executive positions is up 53 percent.
• Women in the pipeline for executive leadership roles has increased 77 percent.
• The number of women of color in senior vice president and vice president positions has risen 63 percent.
• Women of color in senior leadership positions is up 211 percent.
• Sodexo appointed its first chief financial officer, Debbie White, and its first female market president, NRA board member Lorna Donatone.

Catalyst evaluated Sodexo on business rationale, senior leadership support, accountability, communication, employee engagement, innovation, measurable results and other criteria.

The award validates the significant progress Sodexo has made and underscores its position as a benchmark organization for diversity and inclusion, Donatone says.

"As an award winner, we join the ranks of other organizations committed to diversity and inclusion such as Campbell Soup Company, McDonald's, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble," she notes.

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