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Sodexo 'first for corporate responsibility'

Published 14th June, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Sodexo 'first for corporate responsibility'

Sodexo has again been named as one of the best performing companies in its sector to be included in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index - the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark for responsible business practice.

The Index, in its eighth 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.

In achieving silver status for the fourth year running, Sodexo has demonstrated 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 an integral part of the ‘Better Tomorrow Plan’, the company’s worldwide sustainability strategy to 2020.

The plan aims to consolidate corporate citizenship efforts across operations by combining values and ethical principles, specific sustainability commitments and an assurance to engage with stakeholders. This year’s CR Index was published in the Financial Times Responsible Business supplement on 7 June.

Thomas Jelley, corporate citizenship manager at Sodexo, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Silver band once again and are working hard under the umbrella of our Better Tomorrow Plan to achieve the next level of performance.”

Phil Hooper, corporate affairs director, added: “Over the last year, we have taken significant strides to consolidate this approach to corporate citizenship challenges, not least through the launch of the Better Tomorrow Plan. Participation in the CR Index guides this approach and helps us keep track of best practice.”

Stephen Howard, chief executive, BITC, said: “I congratulate Sodexo on achieving the Silver band in the 2009 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. Companies participating in the Index may be at different stages of their responsible business journey, but they have all demonstrated that they take these issues seriously and are leading the field in ensuring this is just how they do business. We believe this is imperative if we are to strengthen and stabilise our businesses and economy.”

Sodexo recently published its fifth annual corporate citizenship report highlighting its commitment and activity across its business.

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