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Sodexo Recognized as a Leading Company Advocating for Workplace Equality

December 06, 2018

Sodexo and more than 50 other top industry leaders demonstrate that achieving gender parity in the workforce is possible

GCatalyst logoAITHERSBURG, Md., November 6, 2018 -- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, was named among other Catalyst CEO Champion For Change companies for collectively having a higher representation of women in leadership positions at every level. This includes women board directors, executives, senior managers and managers.

“We are proud to be one of the Catalyst CEO Champion For Change companies working to close the gender gap in the workplace,” said Lorna Donatone, CEO, Sodexo North America. “We are pleased to say that women represent 42 percent of Sodexo’s Regional Leadership Committee [executive board] to date, and we will continue to grow this number.”

Sodexo, along with another Catalyst CEO Champions For Change signatories, is committed to advancing more women, including women of color, into senior leadership positions. Collectively, among Catalyst CEO Champions For Change companies:

• Women represent 38.1% of managers compared to 33% at global companies.

• Women represent 28.2% of senior managers compared to 26% globally.

• Women hold 24.4% of executive positions compared to 20% globally.

• Women hold 27.7% of board seats compared to 22% at S&P 500 companies.

 “We commend Sodexo for epitomizing Inclusion in Action,” said Lorraine Hariton, Catalyst President and CEO. “They know and value the importance of creating more gender inclusive workplaces and serve as inspirational role models for all.”

Sodexo’s focus on supporting and advancing women is reflected in their programs and initiatives including SoTogether, a committee of senior men and women executives with the purpose of advocating for gender balance, professional development and career growth for women within Sodexo.

Sodexo's commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. Recently, Sodexo received the “Woman Chair Prize,” which recognizes a company chaired by a woman with the highest percentage of women directors on its Board among the 200 largest companies of the Stoxx Europe 600. Sodexo was also named to Bloomberg's 2018 Gender-Equality Index (GEI),its first sector-neutral list of 104 global companies, as well as recognized on three of FORTUNE Magazine lists in 2017, including World's Most Admired Companies, Change the World and the FORTUNE 500.

About Catalyst
Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.

About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

Media Contact: Heidi Marino, Sodexo Inc., Heidi.Marino@sodexo.com, 301 987 4609

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