Sodexo Recognized at World Economic Forum in Davos for Its Corporate Sustainability Practices

  Sodexo Recognized at World Economic Forum in Davos for Its Corporate
  Sustainability Practices

Business Wire

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France -- January 30, 2013

Regulatory News :

Sodexo’s (Paris:SW) (OTCBB:SDXAY) commitment to sustainability has been
recognized for efforts and results in social, environmental and economic
performance at the World Economic Forum 2013 in Davos with three awards:
Sector Leader, Gold Class, and Sector Mover.

The RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook is regarded as the world's most
comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability performance. These three
distinctions recognize Sodexo’s strong performance in social, economic and
environmental practices.

Sodexo earned the highest overall score in its business sector, 82 percent
(compared to a sector average of 47). Sodexo was the only company in its
sector to attain Gold Class status and was named Sector Mover, having achieved
the largest improvement in its sustainability performance compared to last
year. Sodexo earned the best score in economic and social elements and was
highly ranked in the environment category.

Since its founding, Sodexo has recognized its opportunity and responsibility
to contribute to the economic, social and environmental development of the
cities, regions and countries where it operates. From this fundamental, the
company created ‘The Better Tomorrow Plan,’ a set of measured, actionable
objectives that span a wide range of efforts ranging from reduction in waste
and energy use to building a massive global supply chain that sources locally
whenever possible.

“Earning the top rank in our sector is particularly gratifying because of our
strong achievements in each of the three areas, social, environment and
economic, that makes up this recognition,” said Damien Verdier, Sodexo
Executive Committee member for Sustainable Development. “For Sodexo,
sustainable development is more than what we do; it is who we are and how we
engage with our clients, customers, suppliers and communities.”

To create the rankings, sustainability factors are weighted based on
particulars of the business sector. For Sodexo, the social pillar represents
the majority of the total score. Sodexo’s industry leading performance in this
area, particularly in light its large number of employees (420,000) and the
decentralized nature of its business (34,000 client sites in 80 countries) is
particularly impressive. The most recent employee survey from 2012, covering
130,000 people working in 60 countries and carried out by an independent
consultancy, showed that 85 percent reported a preference to work for Sodexo
over its competitors and overall employee engagement has increased nine
percentage points in the last four years. For more about Sodexo’s commitments
as an employer, visit

This yearbook is published by RobecoSAM (, a leading
asset management company focusing on sustainability funds and the
international accounting firm KPMG. Each year more than 2,000 companies are
evaluated for inclusion in the yearbook, using up to 120 financial,
environmental, social and economic indicators to evaluate companies in eight

For more information on RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook visit:

About Sodexo

Sodexo Group
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that
improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational
performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers
each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and
Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100
services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more
than 45 years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning,
to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift
Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and
concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its
independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously
develop and engage its 420,000 employees throughout the world.

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2012)

Sodexo in the world

18.2 billion euro consolidated revenue

420 000 employees

20th largest employer worldwide

80 consumers served daily

34,300 sites

75 million consumers served daily

10 billion euro market capitalization (as of January 8 2013)


Tel. & Fax : +33 1 57 75 85 69
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.