Corporate Leaders Continue to See Diversity and Inclusion as a Catalyst for Innovation and Performance

 Corporate Leaders Continue to See Diversity and Inclusion as a Catalyst for
                          Innovation and Performance

Sodexo Hosts 10th Annual Diversity Business Leadership Summit at Northwestern
University, featuring a special keynote address by Magic Johnson

PR Newswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 18, 2013

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Sodexo hosted its
10^th annual Diversity Business Leadership Summit (DBLS) at Northwestern
University, bringing together area business leaders, Sodexo employees, clients
and guests for a day-long conference dedicated to gaining new perspectives and
greater understanding of the strategic business value of diversity and
inclusion in the workplace.

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Research indicates that more diverse organizations are enjoying measurable
bottom-line contributions as a result of inclusiveness. A recent study
commissioned by CalPERS, for example, found that companies with diverse boards
exceeded Dow Jones and NASDAQ average returns on five years, and companies
that did not have diverse boards were at a competitive disadvantage. In 2010
Calvert issued a study and found that companies demonstrating a robust
commitment to diversity, in addition to competitive financial performance, are
better positioned to generate long-term value for their shareholders.

"Leading businesses spark greater innovation by creating a climate where
individuals are engaged, feel valued, are fully included in key decisions and
processes and are comfortable contributing ideas," said George Chavel, CEO of
Sodexo North America. "Sodexo has a long commitment to diversity in the
workplace and we host this summit every year to help businesses benefit from
stronger diversity and inclusion practices."

Sodexo's nine Employee Business Resource Groups and the Office of Diversity
host DBLS, its premier diversity and inclusion event, offering attendees the
opportunity to participate in open dialogue with top diversity and inclusion
leaders. This year, special guest Earvin "Magic" Johnson delivered the morning
keynote on the topic of creating value through community and diversity.

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About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Life services company in
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate,
Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as
Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc.,
headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the
Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable
organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $17 million
in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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