Sodexo Globally Recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for Eighth Consecutive Year

Sodexo Globally Recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for Eighth 
Consecutive Year 
Recognition for sustainable development speaks to social advancements as much 
as environmental 
BURLINGTON, ON, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Sodexo, Inc., the world leader in 
Quality of Life Services, was again recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability 
Indexes (DJSI) as the global leader in its industry segment. 
In its North American operations, Sodexo continues to drive progress toward 
its Better Tomorrow Plan commitments with the development of its people, 
support for local communities and the pursuit to improve the quality of life 
for clients and customers. Programs like Recipes for a Better Tomorrow, for 
example, encourage chefs to consider more sustainable selections in the 
development of menu options. Partnering with clients like UBC Hospital to 
implement sustainable initiatives in Food Servicework to engage the local 
communityand integrated management services, whether at corporate sites or 
college campuses, provide sustainable energy, construction and food service 
solutions that significantly reduce client operating costs. 
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, executive vice president and chief marketing 
officer, Sodexo Group. "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 
Just a few 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
    --  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
    --  Maintaining a worldwide agreement with the Marine Stewardship
        Council (MSC) to promote MSC-certified seafood throughout
        Sodexo's global network.

About Sodexo

Sodexo in Canada 
Sodexo Canada has been delivering On-Site Service to clients in the 
Healthcare, Education, Business & Industry, and Remote Sites sectors for over 
40 years. Today, Sodexo Canada provides services at nearly 750 locations for 
more than 230 clients across Canada. The company's 10,000 employees work 
together to improve the Quality of Life for their customers by designing, 
managing, and delivering a wide range of On-Site Service -- from project 
management to energy planning, from technical building maintenance to 
concierge services, from housekeeping to fitness centre management, and from 
catering and foodservices to clinical technology management. Sodexo Canada is 
proud to have created the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable 
organization that has donated more than 750,000 meals to at risk youth in 
Canada since it was founded in 2001.

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the 
performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo acts as a 
partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and 
employee well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 
1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 413,000 employees in 80 
countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled array of Quality of Life 
Services. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes 
to the fulfillment of its employees and the economic, social and environmental 
development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates.

Key figures (as of August 31, 2011)   

  Sodexo in the World              Sodexo in North America

  16 billion euro consolidated     8.0 billion dollars revenue
  revenue                          125,000 employees
  413,000 employees (as of         6,000 sites
  December 31, 2011)               700 facilities management sites
  22(nd) largest employer          10 million consumers served daily
  80 countries
  33,400 sites
  50 million consumers served

Media Contact Katherine Power Tel: 1-877-632-8592 x33398

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