At Sodexo, we believe that diversity benefits all of us in numerous ways. From ensuring greater equality and better ideas, to opening new markets and contacts, we work hard to build a workplace rooted in diversity and, in turn, bring the best to our clients.

A Real Commitment to Diversity

Sodexo NorAm Chair, Sarosh Mistry, says:

Supplier Diversity is the loudest, clearest statement Sodexo can make in our efforts to continue to lead in inclusivity. The billions of dollars Sodexo spends annually with businesses lead by minorities, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ communities and veterans says volumes about our commitment to fight social and economic inequality.

diverse business people smilingOur core values are not just written on a brochure, they are funded commitments which dedicated staff carefully track, report and reach public goals as it relates to corporate diversity. For us, it is a very tangible vision, and the information on this page will help you get connected by registering as a small and diverse supplier, and learning more about our values. We also support our internal team by providing a database to search small and diverse businesses.

How we do it: 

Sodexo publicly committed to having an inclusive supply chain around the world as part of our Better Tomorrow Plan.

We actively recruit diverse businesses, educate Sodexo employees on our contracting goals, and provide a database for registered and certified diverse and small businesses.

Sodexo annually tracks metrics defined by steering committees in each region. To support our local communities, we globally have committed to spend 25% of our purchases with SME businesses with a focus on local and diverse by 2025

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How We Work with Small and Diverse Suppliers

How We Define “Small and Diverse” Suppliers

51% or greater ownership by a U.S. citizen (and Puerto Rico) or Permanent Resident who identifies in these classifications: African American, Asian-Indian American, Asian-Pacific American, Disabled, Hispanic American, LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender), Native American, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, Veteran-Owned, or Woman-Owned.

For Small and Diverse Businesses

We want to work with you! We are actively seeking small and diverse businesses to innovate and deliver the best to our clients. We have dedicated resources and staff to help you register and certify so that Sodexo employees can easily find and work with you.

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Sodexo Joint Ventures Add Diversity

Sodexo is a 49% partner of two joint ventures with certified minority-owned businesses that continue to promote and grow business. SodexoMAGIC was formed in 2006 through a joint venture between Magic Food Provisions, LLC, which is owned by NBA all-star, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Sodexo, Inc. NANA Management Services (NMS) joint venture, a Native American-owned corporation based in Alaska.

How We Support Diverse Businesses Working with Sodexo

Supporting diverse businesses is the responsibility of everyone within Sodexo. Our Supplier Diversity Team works with our Supply Managers to source diverse products and services to be used throughout our supply chain. We have regionally based Account Managers assist operations in optimizing procurement and opportunities for local, small and diverse businesses as well as a dedicated call center.

Organizations We Support

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