Stop Hunger Trust Fund in India fortifies its mission to act locally and sustainably for a hunger-free nation

  • Initiates partnership with WFP Trust for India to tackle malnutrition in Odisha
  • Focus on education, women empowerment, and environmental sustainability among other strategic priorities
  • Targets 34% reduction in carbon footprint by 2025

Mumbai, January 30, 2023 – Making responsible progression towards achieving its corporate responsibility goals, world leader in quality of life services, Sodexo in India has strengthened its partner ecosystem by joining hands with foremost Indian NGOs in the food space, to eradicate hunger and food insecurity, educate and empower women, and reduce the carbon footprint, thus propelling the world towards a better tomorrow. STOP Hunger Trust Fund in India deepened ties with existing partners Sulabh International, India Food Banking Network (IFBN) and Dyansadhana Education Society, and further onboarded a new partner - WFP Trust for India in a symbolic MoU exchange ceremony hosted in the company’s corporate headquarters in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Sambit Sahu, Managing Director, Sodexo India, said, “As a responsible business, we are committed to fostering community growth and nurturing the environment where we operate and grow. Our efforts have always been to reach out to the hungry and malnourished and to the weaker sections of society. By promoting the education of girl child and ensuring prosperity of women, while keeping an eye on the sustainability factor, we can together progress towards a better tomorrow.”

STOP Hunger is working towards eradication of hunger and women empowerment over the past few years. With relevant actions implemented alongside strong local NGO partners, Stop Hunger global has been supporting key developmental projects worth INR 20 million in India. By 2025, we aim to positively impact the lives of 20,000 beneficiaries through the varied CR projects. We sincerely thank all our project partners, like-minded clients and employees who are working very closely with us to achieve this mission”, added Ashwin Bhosale, Director – HSE & Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo India.

Seen in the picture: Country MD, Sambit Sahu exchanging MoU with WFP Trust for India for a developmental project on handling malnutrition in Odisha, India.

The varied Corporate Responsibility engagements will work as under:

Sodexo, Stop Hunger and Sulabh International Centre for Action Sociology ( SICAS) will work together for women empowerment towards achieving food sovereignty and thus being financially independent. The partnership has already benefited more than 1100 women farmers in the last year, in Sangamner and Akola areas of Maharashtra. These women were encouraged to form an SHG where they grow crops from more than 60+ indigenous seeds. In the next 3 years, more than 1000 women will be educated on best farming practices, supported with required farming infrastructure, and urged to maintain the biodiversity of the land.

Sodexo and Dyansadhana Education Society’ Rishi Valmiki Eco School will also work in child education. By sponsoring the school fees of 273 girl students, they will enable education and upliftment of girl child in the underprivileged communities where access continues to be a challenge.

Targeting food sufficiency, Sodexo, Stop Hunger and Indian Food Banking Network (IFBN) will distribute 2000+ food and ration kits to orphanages, old age homes and other needy locations to eradicate hunger and ensure food insecurity. The ongoing partnership has served more than 78 thousand people from underprivileged families by distributing 169 tons of essential groceries at multiple locations across the country.

About Stop Hunger

Stop Hunger is Sodexo’s unique philanthropic cause. Its mission is to unite communities with initiatives, people and resources to drive sustainable change in the fight against hunger. Initiated in 1996 by employees in the United States, Stop Hunger now operates in 60 countries, working hand in hand with 300 NGOs.

About Sodexo India

Sodexo India is fuelled with the brand purpose of creating a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all. We provide a bouquet of 100+ service offerings to varied clientele — corporates, healthcare organizations, manufacturing locations, educational institutes and in remote environments. Our solutions range across food & catering, facilities management, technical services, workplace experience, energy management, and benefits & rewards services. Sodexo India is powered by a team of 48,000 employees who cater to 500+ clients at 1,100 sites daily. We harbour an inclusive, diverse, fair, equal, and positive work environment to improve the quality of life of those we serve, everyday.
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About Sodexo

Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in Quality of Life Services, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 53 countries, our 422,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day. Sodexo Group stands out for its independence and its founding family shareholding, its sustainable business model and its portfolio of activities including Food Services, Facilities Management Services and Employee Benefit Solutions. We provide quality, multichannel, and flexible food experiences, but also design attractive and inclusive workplaces and shared spaces, manage and maintain infrastructure in a safe and environmentally friendly way, offer personalized support for patients or students, or even create programs fostering employee engagement. From Day 1, Sodexo has been focusing on tangible everyday gestures and actions through its services in order to have a positive economic, social and environmental impact over time. For us, growth and social commitment go hand in hand. Creating a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all is our purpose.l

Sodexo is included in the CAC Next 20, CAC 40 ESG, FTSE 4 Good and DJSI indices.

Group Key Figures

  • 21.1 billion euro in Fiscal 2022 consolidated revenues
  • 422,000 employees as at August 31, 2022
  • #2 France-based private employer worldwide
  • 53 countries
  • 100 million consumers served daily
  • 13.3 billion euro in market capitalization (as at January 5, 2023)
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