Sodexo progresses towards 2015 diversity goals

  Sodexo progresses towards 2015 diversity goals

   Global leader in Quality of Life services celebrates 2013 International
                 Women’s Day with worldwide program of events

Business Wire

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France -- March 8, 2013

Regulatory News:

Sodexo (PARIS:SW) (OTCBB:SDXAY) will celebrate International Women’s Day on
Friday March 8th, with events around the world held to highlight the
achievements of women. As the global leader in Quality of Life services,
Sodexo is convinced that people’s wellbeing is a key source of performance and
progress for both organizations and individuals.

12 personal testimonials complemented with OECD statistics

Sodexo’s initiatives for 2013 International Women’s Day includes an 8-day
online showcase of insights from 12 women - Sodexo clients, employees and
opinion leaders - from Brazil, Chile, the United States, India, France,
Austria, Italy and from across different sectors, including defense, justice,
education, and corporations. These 12 women share their view on Quality of
Life in their everyday environment as well as provide their personal
recommendations for a better Quality of Life for everyone.

In addition, Sodexo has asked the OECD to provide a comprehensive and
objective overview of women’s perception of Quality of Life. This overview
draws on and analyzes the OECD’s Better Life Index, a unique indicator
launched by the OECD in 2011. Key findings highlight how women rate their
personal life satisfaction compared with men as well as professional aspects
of the gender divide, such as women’s representation and advancement in the
corporate world.

Women at the heart of performance

For many years, diversity and inclusion have been a hallmark of Sodexo’s
development. Convinced that gender balance is an asset to the company, Sodexo
has long given high priority to the advancement of women with a wide range of
global partnerships, awareness programs and initiatives. In 2009, Sodexo
launched its SWIFt initiative (Sodexo Women’s International Forum for talent),
a team of 25 senior women leaders to encourage a better representation by
identifying main obstacles to women advancement and carrying out initiatives
to address them. The implementation of operational Networks dedicated to
gender diversity within the Group, and Mentoring, programs focused on
cross-disciplinary exchanges to structure personal and professional
development of high-potential women, are another side of Sodexo’s
gender-balance strategy.

Diversity and inclusion: 2013 key achievements

These global initiatives have allowed Sodexo to make significant progress in
its diversity and inclusion agenda. In 2013, women represent 38% of the Board
of Directors and hold 40% of management positions. Women’s representation
among the top 300 senior executives rose to 23% (from 16% in 2007) in line
with the 2015 objective of 25% target set by CEO Michel Landel in the SWIFt

Sodexo CEO Michel Landel said “I am personally convinced that society can only
benefit from stronger diversity and inclusion, in the corporate sphere as well
as the public sector. Unless we set concrete objectives, we will not see
progress. At Sodexo, we have measurable goals in the realm of diversity, the
organization is working towards them and I’m proud of the headway we have
made. However the road is long and we must stay focused. Sodexo serves 75
million consumers daily, half of them women. Our ability to respond
effectively to their expectations also depends on our progress in diversity
and inclusion”.

Over the past few years, Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has
been highlighted through numerous awards and top rankings from diversity and
employer organizations across the world. In 2012, Sodexo received the
prestigious Catalyst Award, which honors innovative organizational approaches
to developing advancement of women and minorities in the workplace.

To discover our unique International Women’s Day operation please consult:

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 countries

34,300 sites

75 million consumers served daily

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


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