Supplier diversity

Supplier diversity strenghtens us all

We share a vision of a workplace rooted in diversity, and recognize that diversity benefits us all. We actively seek to bring diverse businesses into our network of suppliers, including minority-owned, women-owned, disabled-owned or LGBT-owned companies. Sodexo announced its official Commitment to Action that supports the growth of small to medium sized enterprises (SME) with a pledge to purchase products and services totaling $1billion by 2017. The Commitment to Action aims to benefit as many as 5,000 small businesses in 40 countries, with 1,500 of those businesses being women owned and operated.


Leading by example

“Sodexo is committed to providing diverse companies with opportunities to grow and develop, and we actively seek to bring these vendors into our network of suppliers. Expanding our supplier base is good for the vendors, good for local economies and good for our customers. Products and services from a diverse supplier base provide us with the finest products for our menus, high quality goods and great service, making our offerings to our customers stronger and more competitive. In turn, our vendors benefit from wider exposure and our best practices – a win-win for both companies.” 

- George Chavel, President; CEO, Sodexo North America

As a member of the Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) Sodexo Canada is a leading corporation who recognizes the value of an inclusive supply chain, and we are working to make our supply chain more accessible to Aboriginal and minority suppliers. We appreciate the opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and community engagement that are inherent to partnerships with Aboriginal and minority suppliers.

Doing business with Sodexo

Opportunities for diverse suppliers range from regional to national contracts. Among the products and services for which we contract:

  • Consulting services
  • Equipment for foodservice, facilities and environmental services
  • Equipment repair (electrical, HVAC, kitchen, plumbing and mechanical)
  • Food products
  • Local services (linen, hood and duct cleaning, florists, carpet cleaning, window washing, etc.)
  • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) supplies
  • Paper for food, janitorial and smallwares
  • Photography
  • Security services
  • Temporary labor (foodservice, housekeeping)
  • Vending services

Learn more about pursuing business opportunities with Sodexo.

Register to be a diverse supplier

If you are a diverse supplier and wish to be considered for potential business opportunities, please see the registration details below:

Thank you for your interest in Sodexo’s Supplier Diversity. If you are a diverse vendor, please register in our supplier diversity registration portal at If you have issues with the website please contact IVS Solutions by phone 240 487 0295 or by email All suppliers must complete their profile, as well as attach the following documents:

  • A copy of your current, valid Diversity Certification
  • A list of your products and services
  • Company history and capabilities overview

Upon completing this process, your information will electronically be forwarded to the appropriate supply manager for review. It is required that Supply Management review this database for potential qualified diverse vendors to include in all RFP/RFI opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Auceda.

Your qualifications

In order to be considered a diverse business, your company must be at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by a Canadian or U.S. citizen who is:

  • Aboriginal peoples: means persons who are First Nations (Indians), Inuit or Métis
  • Visible minorities: means persons other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour. In practice, the Government of Canada includes the following groups: Blacks, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Latin Americans, Pacific Islanders, South Asians, and West Asians/Arabs


  • A business owned by a woman



  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bi-sexual
  • Transgender

Your certification

Sodexo requires certification from one of the following sources:


We expect all our contracted suppliers to:

  • Satisfactorily pass the required food safety inspection/audit
  • Provide up to $5 million of insurance naming Sodexo as a certificate holder over the term of our agreement
  • Sign an Indemnification Statement
  • Provide Sodexo with a competitive pricing program
  • Provide a product or service of consistently high quality that meets our specifications
  • Support our operating units and our distributors (if applicable) with superior service
  • Work as our partner to grow business to mutually benefit both companies

Facilities and Maintenance-based subcontractors doing business in Canada are required to sign our Sodexo Supplier Code of Conduct and provide a valid WSIB insurance certificate.

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