SODEXO : More Than 40,000 Sodexo Employees from 35 Countries on All Continents Participated in STOP Hunger Servathon 2012
07/18/2012| 08:45am US/Eastern
Sodexo (PARIS:SW)(OTCBB:SDXAY)employees around the world
rallied to participate in this year's STOP Hunger Servathon, its 16th
annual program that invites employees to join forces and fight hunger
and malnutrition in their communities.Servathon is Sodexo's
largest program under its global STOP Hunger program.
Sodexo, a world leader in Quality of Life services, announced its most
successful Servathon to date, with more than 40,000 employees taking
part in hunger relief efforts around the world including volunteering
and fundraising. Employee volunteers working in partnership with over
425 non-governmental organizations and associations in 35 countries on
six continents participated in more than 900 different hunger relief
Sodexo has thus maintained a long-running commitment to the fight
against hunger and malnutrition, which affects nearly one billion people
around the world. The flagship Servathon program is organized around the
actions of employee volunteers in their local communities, including
fundraising, serving of meals and collection of food donations. Through
their commitment, Sodexo employees enable those suffering from hunger to
receive meals and funds to improve their health and nutritional balance.
Many innovative actions were implemented this year such as: offering
courses on preparing healthy, balanced meals; sharing Sodexo's
experience with organizations and associations regarding food safety;
and increasing awareness around food waste.
Begun in 1996 at the initiative of Sodexo CEO Michel Landel, STOP Hunger
contributes to the fight against hunger and malnutrition through four
main areas of action: volunteerism, expertise sharing, food donations
and fundraising. STOP Hunger is now deployed in 42 countries around the
world in which Sodexo operates.
Among the Servathon 2012 initiatives:
Colombia: 240 employees volunteered 1,274 hours in five main
cities (Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, and La Jagua, Cesar) and
raised a total of ?4,046 to help STOP Hunger. Highlights of their
activities included nutrition and production workshops, fundraising
concerts, food fairs, food bank volunteerism, and community exchange
Malaysia: Teams mobilized to cook, serve meals, and raise funds
for homeless, orphans, and urban poor senior citizens, serving 1,200
people in need. Volunteers from HQ staff and operating units dedicated
time to produce and serve meals, distributed 600 goody bags containing
food, water, and toiletries, and collected the equivalent of ?5,000.
Australia: Proceeds from Servathon efforts will help provide
14,690 meals to hungry men, women, and children. Creative and
competitive fundraising and food collection efforts, including
participation in a "Can-a-thon," where employees formed teams and
built structures out of canned food items, were coupled with volunteer
efforts throughout the country.
France: A "Less Crumbs, More Plates" promotion brought
awareness to bread waste at education sites and thanks to a noticeable
decrease in the amount of wasted bread, the difference in wasted bread
from one week to the next was converted into a donation (the
equivalent of 1,500 meals) to a national hunger relief partner. At
Sodexo headquarters in Paris, a food drive competition resulted in the
collection of over 1 ton of food (with an additional contribution from
9 suppliers who donated 12 pallets of food).
India: More than 12 different Servathon activities involving
130 Sodexo employees took place throughout India. In total, 800
beneficiaries were helped by teams that included activities such as
food drives (3,800 kilos), volunteer efforts, and fundraising. Food
and meal donations to NGOs frequently included visits with children,
health and nutrition workshops, sports, art, and games. "Mango Mania,"
a festival selling mangoes to employees and clients at Sodexo regional
offices and Sodexo sites throughout the country generated the
equivalent of ?1,500 for STOP Hunger.
Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals
and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo
acts as the partner of companies and institutions that place a premium
on performance and employee wellbeing, as it has since Pierre Bellon
founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service,
Sodexo's 413,000 employees in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an
unrivaled array of Quality of Life services. Sodexo has created a new
form of service business that contributes to the fulfillment of its
employees and the economic, social and environmental development of the
communities, regions and countries in which it operates.