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Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment of Employees

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  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

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At Sodexho, we believe diversity is a business imperative and ethical and social responsibility, grounded in our values of team spirit, service spirit and spirit of progress. In the United States, representing 120 000 people, Sodexho has developed a lot of action in order to enhance its diversity program:

*Increasing diversity and inclusion was made a key strategic initiative for Sodexho. It has developed a diversity scorecard, which links incentive compensation to progress in the areas of hires, promotion and retentions

*Diversity training is being provided to our senior managers so that they can support our diversity strategy. Training is also planned for all above unit managers for the next year.

*We are continuing to enhance both our awareness and responsibilities as an employer through EEO/Affirmative Action training of all our managers throughout the United States.

*Sodexho continues to strengthen its supplier diversity program, which resulted in a 50% increase in the number of female and minority owned business from which we source food and products.

*Employee network groups have formed or are forming and we expect additional groups to develop over time. These offer employees a forum for networking, professional development, exchanging ideas, sharing interests and perhaps finding a mentor.By the end of 2003, we will have trained an additional 6,000 managers in EEO/Affirmative Action compliance and begin to provide diversity training to all above unit managers. We also will have developed and provided enhanced training and awareness on federal and state child labor laws and resources.

Sodexho was selected by Latinas Style 50 for 2002 for opportunities provided to Latinos; Sodexho was recognized by Montgomery County, Maryland and by Nevada?s Governor?s Committee on Employement of People with Disabilities for its commitment to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities and Sodexho was ranked 20th Top employer for the Class of 2002 by the Black Collegian.

In October 2003, Michel Landel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sodexho Alliance and CEO of Sodexho in the United States, will be one of ten CEOs to be honoured by Diversity Best Practices for his commitment to diversity and inclusion at Sodexho.


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