Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management company headquartered in Paris, France.
The company offers a wide range of services designed to improve the quality of living in various sectors. Their offerings include food services (catering, executive dining, meal delivery), facilities management (concierge, cleaning, laundry, pantry, groundskeeping), and hard services (HVAC systems, plumbing/water treatment, project management, etc.)
Number of employees
With over 428,000 workers, Sodexo is the largest private-sector French employer in the world.
Sodexo was founded in 1966 in Marseilles, France, by Pierre Bellon. Originally founded as Société d'Exploitation Hotelière, the company initially served restaurants, schools and hospitals.
After company growth and expansion of services in the years to follow, the name was eventually changed to Sodexo in 1997. Today, the company has a presence in 80 countries.
Company mission statement
Sodexo’s mission is to improve the quality of life of its employees, its customers and the world. The company understands and recognizes that a good quality of life keeps individuals healthy and happy and makes organizations more efficient and productive.
Sodexo is considered a conglomerate with a wide range of sub-industries, including professional services, consumer products, financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals/life sciences and communications & media.