Sodexo, a leading provider of on-site service solutions, has achieved a ‘Gold’ band ranking in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index - the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark for responsible business practice, for a second consecutive year.

The Index, in its tenth 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 for a second consecutive year, 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 seven years. Before achieving Gold band ranking last year, it held Silver for four years consecutively.

The full results of the BITC 2012 CR Index are published in the Financial Times Responsible Business supplement on 15 March.

Thomas Jelley, corporate citizenship manager at Sodexo, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved Gold band ranking for a second consecutive year. 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".

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, said: “I congratulate Sodexo on achieving Gold band ranking in the 2012 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. The CR Index has helped to highlight clearly those best practice examples that bring to life in a powerful way what integrated responsible practice really looks like. As we celebrate 10 years of our CR Index it has given me great pleasure to witness each company’s responsible business journey and the transformations they are making both within their businesses and the impact they have in our communities”.

This month Sodexo publishes its seventh annual corporate citizenship report highlighting its sustainability performance across the business against key performance indicators set out in the Better Tomorrow Plan.

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