GAITHERSBURG, MD — Sodexo Inc. is partnering with the nonprofit Net Impact in establishing a new sustainability fellowship program for the integrated food and facilities management services company.
Under the program, graduate students will monitor and measure the effects of the firm's sustainability initiatives. Through the benchmarking projects, fellows will also have a chance to learn about the role that integrated facilities management plays in the environmental performance of the buildings and sites of client companies, colleges, hospitals and organizations, Sodexo and Net Impact said in announcing the fellowship.
Applications are expected to open November 1 for the program's first group of 10 to 15 graduate students, who would begin their fellowships with Sodexo in January, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit told GreenBiz.com and GreenerBuildings.com.
Development of the curriculum for the program is currently under way with the assistance of a fellow whom Net Impact helped place at the firm, the spokeswoman said.
Sodexo Inc., a part of the global Sodexo Group, has about 6,000 clients in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Fellows in the new program could be working with as many as 100 Sodexo client sites.
"Learning how to measure and report on a company's sustainability efforts is an increasingly important business skill," Sodexo Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Arlin Wasserman said in a prepared statement. "We will challenge and enrich promising young business leaders with this professional experience, which will in turn help our clients and company improve sustainability performance."
At Net Impact, Executive Director Liz Maw said, "Hands-on opportunities like the Sodexo Sustainability Fellowship enrich our MBA student members' educational experience, showing them how to apply their business skills to make a positive impact."
More information about the program is available at www.netimpact.org/sodexofellow. Details about the application process are expected to be posted at the site by the end of the month.
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