GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, announced recognition by Victory Media as one of its 2017 Military Friendly® Employers. The annual list recognizes companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.
Victory Media has led the industry as a ratings entity for over a decade, surveying thousands of institutions and assembling lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students and franchisees. The program has been instrumental in the development of corporate and college military recruiting programs. "As the nation's largest federal foodservice contractor and partner to both the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, we recognized that we had an opportunity to improve the quality of life for our country's veterans by helping them thrive in their post-military careers," said David Scanlan, CEO, Sodexo Government, North America. "To accomplish this, Sodexo offers mentoring initiatives, innovative programs, information sharing and community involvement, that employs and harnesses the enormous potential and experience of our retired military population." To help veterans prosper in its workforce and beyond, Sodexo actively raises funds and awareness for veterans, provides veterans with employment opportunities, and trains veterans to be better prepared for their futures. One of its more recent efforts included a partnership with Volunteers of America, where Sodexo launched a collection of resources specifically designed to support veterans who may be transitioning to the civilian workforce or seeking to enhance their active duty career opportunities. Sodexo Programs and Initiatives for VeteransEach year, Sodexo's RED Friday Initiative shows support for veterans and this year it included a special month-long promotion that raised funds for the Armed Services YMCA. RED stands for "Remember Everyone Deployed." Sodexo team members wear red to show support and solidarity for veterans and through special promotions they raise money for Veteran causes. Sodexo proudly hires veterans, not only to help them transition back to civilian life, but also because veterans, using the skills they learned in the military, are invaluable team members. In 2016, Sodexo was recognized for the eighth consecutive year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by the GI Jobs List.