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DJSI rates Sodexo industry leader across economic, social and environmental dimensions

Sodexo has been named the top rated company in its sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), for the 13th consecutive year.

As a leading global sustainability benchmark and reference for sustainable investing, the DJSI evaluates performance in three principal dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

The DJSI results recognise Sodexo’s commitments in these areas, which are cornerstones of the company’s corporate responsibility roadmap, Better Tomorrow 2025. For example:

Economic: Supply management for local community development. Launched in 2013, Sodexo’s Partner Inclusion Program drives diversity among suppliers and merchants in all countries where Sodexo operates. The company actively supports women- and minority-owned businesses and works to help create sustainable economic opportunities for those communities around the world.

Social: Empowerment for women. Sodexo’s goal is to have at least 40 per cent women among its senior leaders by 2025. However, empowerment for women at Sodexo goes beyond company walls. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Sodexo believes gender equality can help end hunger, and it invests in programs to support women while supporting Stop Hunger Worldwide, a non-profit organisation founded by Sodexo employees to fight hunger.

Environmental: Climate change. Sodexo has committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 34 per cent by 2025 compared to a 2011 baseline. Sodexo partnered with the World Wildlife Foundation to set this ambitious target, and is progressively reducing carbon emissions at client and its own sites and throughout its supply chain.

The annual DJSI review is based on a thorough analysis of the corporate economic, environmental and social performance of over 3,900 listed companies, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk and crisis management, climate strategy, environmental policy/management systems, supply chain standards, labor practices and philanthropic activities.

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