Improving the Quality of Life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities, continuously and sustainably.
“When I created Sodexo, I intended improving the Quality of Life of our consumers, clients and creating employment. Diversity and equality of opportunity are part of our values.” Sodexo's Founder Pierre Bellon
An excerpt from a letter to Rosemary Dimer, one of Sodexo’s Aboriginal employees, on hearing of her HSEQ qualification and promotion.
“Through demonstrated respect, continued dedication to building relationships and collaboratively working to create opportunities, we will improve the Quality of Life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of who we are, not just what we do.”
In this Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we look to advance our commitment and contribution to the Elevate level. Nearing the half-way point of our initial ten year commitment to sustainable change within Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, we continue to fully integrate our RAP as a key component of our business strategy and our organisational purpose. Sodexo will build on what we have achieved and what we have learnt over the past five years to create and deliver meaningful and sustainable opportunities to improve the Quality of Life of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and the communities in which we work.
This year we celebrated the first graduates of our VTEC hospitality program, the first in Australia. In our business servicing the energy and resources sector, over 10% of our employees are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and we are supporting 16 Aboriginal businesses with a spend of more than $1million.
This is only the start, as we need to do more if we are to address the disadvantages that exist in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sodexo will increase and improve our outcomes under this RAP Elevate through employment and retention, work ready preparation and mentoring, career opportunities, supporting emerging and established Indigenous businesses and genuine thought leadership.
Together we will Share a Vision for the future to improve Quality of Life and Action the Vision into meaningful and valued outcomes.
CEO Sodexo Australia
Reconciliation Australia congratulates Sodexo on the formulation and endorsement of its fourth Reconciliation Action Plan — an Elevate RAP.
“With its Elevate RAP, Sodexo is now among a select group of organisations to have taken their reconciliation obligations to the highest level. Everyone at Sodexo should be justifiably proud of the way their organisation has embraced reconciliation.”
Reconciliation Australia’s role as the national leader for reconciliation is to inspire social change. Through our programs and initiatives, we work to connect and engage people and organisations, build frameworks for action, provide resources and promote the many stories of Indigenous success.
Our RAP program is integral in effecting that social change in workplaces around the country. RAP organisations like Sodexo appreciate the mutual benefits that flow from providing sustainable opportunities in education, employment and business for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The first five years of Sodexo’s ten-year reconciliation pledge has seen its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce increase to 10 per cent of its resources services business. It has provided significant financial and in kind support and shown cultural respect through its involvement in important events such as the Garma Festival. Sodexo’s Elevate RAP signifies its continued and accelerated commitment to meaningful and sustainable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Raising the bar of its endeavour sets a fine example to others within its sphere of influence.
On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I wholeheartedly commend Sodexo on its Elevate RAP and look forward to following its impressive reconciliation journey.
CEO Reconciliation Australia
Our vision for reconciliation
As we work with and listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we gain greater understanding of their rich histories and their deep connection to land and sea. We need to continue to learn, grow our understanding and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This increases our Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our pride in the history of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
However, understanding, respect and pride need to go hand in hand with meaningful action and outcomes that stop the cycle of disadvantage, and advance economic inclusion, health and wellbeing and equality.
Our focus for addressing economic inclusion will be increasing Employment, Engagement and Retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and expanding our engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers. We will explore opportunities to foster and build capability, enable longer term economic security and different business models. This is how we will create Opportunities.
Whilst we appreciate the positive impact of economic improvement on health and wellbeing, we will seek to leverage existing Sodexo capability and commercial disciplines, bring innovative ideas and drive Thought Leadership to improve health and wellbeing to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and aspirationally to their communities.
As part of our efforts in creating equality, we believe there must be equal recognition of all Australians. Accordingly, we will continue our active support of the national Recognise Campaign to specifically include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. Sodexo will also continue to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, through participation and support of significant cultural events and developing and nurturing respectful Relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. As Respect is a critical component of equality, we will work harder to build our organisation-wide appreciation of, and sensitivity and connection to, the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Our global and local business is best suited to deliver tangible results through what we do best, improve the Quality of Life of our employees, clients, consumers of our services and the communities in which we work. Sodexo can and will best deliver outstanding outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities through continued focus on four priorities. Continuing those that will provide maximum impact and introducing stronger governance and leadership to ensure we deliver our commitments: