Sodexo Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 straight years

Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, is once again the top rated company in its sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) giving the Group 11 consecutive years of recognition in sustainability, and the number one consumer services company for the second year in a row. DJSI is the longest-running global sustainability benchmark worldwide and the key reference point in sustainability investing for investors and companies alike. The annual DJSI review is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, climate strategy, environmental policy/management systems, supply chain standards and labor practices.

DJSI noted that Sodexo, while already the leader, had shown significant increases, particularly in the areas of corporate citizenship and philanthropy and for its environmental efforts. Last year, for example, the company released an ambitious, industry-leading effort that will engage its suppliers, clients and customers (in addition to its own operations) to reduce carbon emissions 34% by 2020.

In addition DJSI also highlighted Sodexo's exemplary supply chain management and excellent labor indicators:

  • 97 percent of new employees are hired from the local community
  • Women form 43% of middle management and 38% of the Board of Directors.
  • With more than 50 million people relying on the company for their nutritional needs, it is noteworthy that the company has committed to promoting health and wellness solutions in all of the 80 countries in which it operates.

Sodexo has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and DJSI Europe (formerly STOXX) since 2005. S&P Dow Jones Indices works in partnership with RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing that tracks the performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.

About Sodexo

Founded in 1966 in Marseille 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 offer developed over nearly 50 years of experience: from foodservices, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to 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, 2014)

18 billion euro consolidated revenues

420,000 employees

18th largest employer worldwide

80 countries

32,700 sites

75 million consumers served daily

13.3 billion euro in market capitalization (as of July 7, 2015)


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