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Sodexo achieves gold in corporate responsibility index

Published 5th July, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Sodexo achieves gold in corporate responsibility index

Sodexo has achieved a ‘gold’ band ranking in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index - the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark for responsible business practice. The Index, in its ninth year, includes organisations that achieved the 100 highest scores in BITC’s CR Index following an assessment of management practices and performance in four key areas of corporate responsibility: environment, community, marketplace and workplace.

Sodexo achieved a gold band ranking after demonstrating that it continues to integrate corporate responsibility throughout its operations by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on the economic, social and environmental impacts of its business. This is achieved through the ‘Better Tomorrow Plan’, the company’s worldwide sustainability strategy to 2020.

Sodexo has been listed on the index for six years - before achieving gold band ranking this year, it held silver for four years consecutively. The full results of the BITC 2011 CR Index were published in the Financial Times Responsible Business supplement on 8 June 2011.

Thomas Jelley, corporate citizenship manager at Sodexo, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved gold band ranking for the first time. It is a great endorsement of Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan and the efforts of colleagues across the UK and Ireland who have helped to bring it to life through continuous improvement in management and performance.”

Phil Hooper, corporate affairs director, added: “Over the last year, we have taken significant strides to consolidate our approach to corporate citizenship and achieving a gold band ranking is a major achievement for us. Participation in the BITC CR Index guides our approach and helps us keep track of best practice.”

Stephen Howard, chief executive, Business in the Community, said: “I congratulate Sodexo on achieving gold band ranking in the 2011 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. It is a challenging time, but the results of this year’s Index demonstrate that companies are still focused on transforming their businesses in order to have a positive impact on society. All the companies who participated this year are at different stages in their responsible business journey, but they are all taking these issues seriously and are prepared to lead by example.”

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