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May 2, 2013

Sodexo Wins Humane Society of the United States Award for Work to Improve Animal Welfare in Its Supply Chain

Diversified services giant eliminating gestation crates and barren battery cages from supply chain

Sodexo, Inc., the global leader in Quality of Life Services, and one of the largest diversified services companies in the world, has been honored with the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for its work to end the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates and cages. The award is granted by The Humane Society of the United States in recognition of corporate advancements for animal welfare. 

In 2012, Sodexo announced that it will eliminate gestation crates—used to confine breeding pigs—from its pork supply chain for North America. It also announced that it will switch all of the shelled eggs it uses to those from cage-free hens by July 2014 in the United States.

Josh Balk, director of corporate policy for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “For the past year, Sodexo has been a leader in improving farm animal welfare by working to eliminate some of the worst factory farming practices from its supply chain. We welcome Sodexo’s tremendous progress and hope more major food companies follow its lead.”

The Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards acknowledge corporations, individual businesspeople, and other innovators and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the advancement of animal welfare, and to inspire others to include humane concern for animals as a core aspect of corporate social responsibility. The Awards recognize the critical role that the marketplace plays in addressing animal issues and reinforce The HSUS’ positive commitment to the integration of humane principles within business and industry. The Awards are given in memory of Henry Spira (1927-1998), the pioneering animal advocate whose campaign strategies and tactics succeeded in persuading many major corporations to join with animal protectionists in pursuit of common interests.

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Deborah Hecker, vice president of Sustainability and CSR for Sodexo for North America. “We also appreciate the Humane Society’s expertise and support in the development of our plans and timelines to phase out gestation crates and switch to cage-free eggs. This kind of effort requires extensive collaboration with partners in the supply chain as well as with our clients. Getting to this point is a great example of how we can work together to identify practical solutions that improve the lives of animals while continuing to deliver great service to our clients and customers.”

Other companies that received the Corporate Progress Award for their work improving animal welfare in 2012 include ARAMARK, Burger King, CeeTox and Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Media Contact:

Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

Sam Wells, samuel.wells@sodexo.com, 301-987-4893

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