Gaithersburg, Md., December 2023 – Sodexo, a global leader in integrated facilities management and food services, proudly announces that it has received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the national benchmarking tool that evaluates corporate policies, practices, and benefits relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees.

This prestigious recognition reflects Sodexo's unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace environment. The perfect score on the CEI highlights the company's dedication to upholding the highest standards in LGBTQ workplace equality.

Tony Tenicela, Sodexo NorAm Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer expressed hisenthusiasm about the achievement, stating, "Our people are the heart of our organization. As an out leader and Executive Sponsor of our PRIDE Employee Business Resource Group, this has extra meaning. Being recognized 16 consecutive years, for the work we do inclusive of our LGBTQ+ employees, is a point of pride.”

“For well over two decades, businesses have played an important role in furthering LGBTQ+ equality by centering employee needs and voices when it comes to workplace inclusion. While there is much more work to be done, year-over-year growth in CEI participation is evidence of a business community that recognizes the responsibility and value in upholding equity and inclusion,” said RaShawn “Shawnie” Hawkins, Human Rights Campaign Sr Director of Workplace Equality.

The CEI evaluates companies based on several criteria, including non-discrimination policies, equitable benefits for LGBTQ employees, and corporate social responsibility. Sodexo's perfect score reflects its comprehensive and inclusive approach to LGBTQ workplace policies and practices.

Sodexo's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond the workplace, as the company actively engages with the communities it serves. By achieving a perfect score on the CEI, Sodexo reaffirms its dedication to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion both within the organization and the broader society.

For more information about Sodexo and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit our About Us page.

About Sodexo
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 45 countries. Sodexo specializes in sustainable food service and valued experiences, in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, at every moment in life: learn, work, heal and play. Additionally, the company indirectly supports additional jobs through its annual purchases of goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo North America is committed to meeting the challenges of everyday life with a dual goal: to improve the quality of life of our employees and those we serve, and contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress in the communities where we operate. Our purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all.

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