Sodexo globally recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for eighth consecutive year

October 1, 2012

Sodexo has been once again recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as the global leader in its industry segment.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes 2012/13 (150x65px)Every year on behalf of the DJSI the SAM (Sustainable Asset Management AG) evaluates companies across all industry segments on their sustainability performance on an annual basis, conducting an in-depth analysis of specific economic, environmental and social criteria including human resources development, corporate governance, risk management, climate change strategy and supply chain management.

“This is the eighth year in a row that Sodexo has been recognized by the DJSI,” said Damien Verdier, Sodexo Group Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “We are extremely proud that Sodexo is the global sustainability leader in its market sector. It is important to note that sustainable development is not just about the environment – the social dimension is absolutely key, in particular for Sodexo. The services sector is a people business; our employees drive our activity. Sodexo’s commitment to corporate citizenship and our employees’ development has been central to the Group’s strategy and ambitions since we were founded in 1966, and we continuously strive to take our credentials to the next level of performance.”

In 2009 Sodexo defined a worldwide corporate citizenship roadmap for the Group: the Better Tomorrow Plan. Applicable in the 80 countries where Sodexo operates, the Better Tomorrow Plan is built on a solid base of initiatives undertaken in our host countries, which are critical to our market and stakeholders.
Some of Sodexo’s achievements in sustainability include:

  • Continuous improvement of the Group-wide employee engagement score since 2008 (+9%) with a very high response rate. 85% of our employees rate Sodexo a better employer than its competitors.

  • The development and deployment globally of practical and concrete sustainability initiatives in our day-to-day site based operations, such as energy saving and waste reduction programs.

  • Concluding a worldwide agreement with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to promote MSC-certified seafood throughout Sodexo’s global network.