How we do business

Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo has more than 420,000 employees worldwide. The Group’s development is built on fundamentals that unite our teams and give Sodexo its unique personality. These fundamentals are expressed through our values and ethical principles. More on our fundamentals.

Our ultimate goal is to achieve a zero harm workplace, which includes both physical and mental health safety.

We focus on prevention which means that we focus on lead indicators, source best practice and implement controls in order to mitigate risk. This approach drives improvements by embedding a strong safety culture, while at the same time reducing injuries and their severity.

Our dedicated HSEQ teams work with Operations to comply with both local and international standards, which include ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and AS/ANZ 4801.


Think Safe Be Safe logoInternally we have our safety brand Think Safe Be Safe that increases the visibility of our safety messages and reinforces our programs.



Our safety strategy is founded on five key dimensions:

Standards and systems -We apply international standards and industry benchmarks for safety and maintain integrated, quality systems to capture and validate safety information.

Governance - We set and publish ceilings for safety performance across all sites, investigate all incidents and report outcomes against ceilings.

Accountability - We insist that our people be accountable for their own safety and for the safety of those around them. We act quickly to recognise good performance and to seek remedies when incidents occur to prevent recurrence.

Prepare and support - We position safety at the core of workplace planning and staff development and training, ensuring each person understands their responsibilities. We use Think Safe Be Safe - our behavioural based safety approach - to increase engagement of our workforce and enhance our safety culture.

Visibility - We maintain the visibility of safety in our company through our safety communications, manuals and signage and via innovative programs to increase vigilance to safe work practices.



We continually strive to keep improving our safety record and ensure that we have consistency within our business, regardless of where we operate.

At Sodexo, nothing is so important that we cannot take the time to do it safely.