Sodexo saluted for diversity management efforts

Nov. 3— DiversityInc, a publication on diversity and business, named Sodexo as a “Top Company for Executive Development.” Sodexo was one of seven companies that earned the recognition for encouraging diversity management initiatives. Earlier this year, DiversityInc put Sodexo on its list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

Sodexo was singled out for its Spirit of Mentoring program, which DiversityInc described as the “most well-developed, measurable and effective cross-cultural mentoring program in corporate America and is indicative of this company’s deep commitment to fully realizing the talents of all its employees.”

“Sodexo’s Spirit of Mentoring program helps us develop committed, talented, innovative leaders through a two-way sharing of information and experiences,” George Chavel, president and chief executive officer for Sodexo, said in a press release. “Through both formal and informal mentoring programs, we are able to build bench strength, foster diversity and inclusion, accelerate employees’ personal and professional growth and strengthen organizational relationships across divisions and functions. It’s been very effective at helping us prepare employees for future leadership roles.”

Sodexo accepted the award Nov. 2 as part of DiversityInc’s “How Leadership Expresses Diversity Commitment” event held in New York City. Other companies honored for their achievements in diversity were: KPMG, Aetna, Novartis AG, Cox Communications, Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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