Indigenous partnerships

Sodexo Australia works with Indigenous individuals and communities throughout Australia, supporting the development of individuals and local Indigenous populations to strengthen the connectedness of our services to the local communities in which our business operates.

 

 

 

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We do not own the land, we are travelling through...

Sodexo strives to respect and honour the traditional practices and beliefs of indigenous communities that belong to areas in which our clients operate. When operating in new communities, we engage with the traditional owner groups to ensure we are respecting their traditional practices.

Our Indigenous programs channel support through four key streams

  1. Engagement, employment, retention;

  2. Supplier Diversity;

  3. Supporting Cultures; and

  4. Building our cultural competency.

Sodexo recently partnered with CAN WA and Newmont Boddington Gold to deliver a community and public art project to honour Noongar culture, heritage and country

> read the press release here

Noongar Boddington Poles from Community Arts Network WA on Vimeo.

Bab's Aboriginal Cleaning Services

BABs cleaning services

 

Sodexo joined forces with Rio Tinto and Many Rivers Microfinance to work with a local Aboriginal woman in the remote township of Newman to establish a local cleaning business.

 

Sodexo has assisted Barbara Bynder to set up Bab’s Aboriginal Cleaning Services which will grow and prosper as both a supplier to Sodexo and as a supplier within the wider community.

 

Sodexo developed the service agreement, donated a four-wheel drive vehicle with mine specifications, provided defensive driving training, on-the-job training and workplace buddies, and flew Barbara and her team to Perth to undertake Sodexo inductions at the new Sodexo Skills Centre.

 

RAP Elevate 2015 - 2017

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Boddington's unique history

Boddington has a rich history and the mine is built on Gnaala Karla Boodja (GKB) country. While the mine was under construction, the client engaged in negotiations with the traditional owner group, the GKB, and agreed on a set of actions all parties would work towards achieving during the life of the mine. This is called the GKB Employment and Economic Development Agreement (GKB EEDA). As a service provider on site, Sodexo willingly inherits the responsibilities associated with the EEDA. There is mutual respect between the GKB, Sodexo and the client with this venture creating employment, training and business enterprise opportunities for the GKB while respecting their cultural and social practices.