Developing local communities


Recruiting and training

We work in partnership with local institutions and NGOs to hire and train local personnel. Rio Tinto Iron Ore awarded us the Australian Indigenous Engagement Award in 2012, with an Indigenous workforce growing from 40 in 2009 to 180 in 2011, at various levels of the organisation.

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Our clients often strive to support local and Indigenous business within communities they operate in and we fully support sourcing local food and beverage produce and service providers.

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Our worldwide experience in managing onshore camps, places Sodexo at the heart of fostering environmentally responsible behaviour. For example, we operate complex waste management systems and teach our own teams and camp residents about the importance of respecting the environment. We support the creation of sustainable supply chains and prefer locally grown, seasonal produce and seafood. Key to our approach is support and training to local suppliers that help them meet Sodexo’s quality standards.

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Many clients in remote settings are operating on land that is owned by Indigenous communities. At Sodexo, we are guided by the overarching objectives of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlines practical actions the organisation undertakes to build strong relationships, respect and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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A real commitment to local communities in Laos

Sodexo actively supports the economic development of local communities within the MMG/LXML Sepon gold and copper mine project’s zone of influence. Thanks in part to the jobs skills learned with us, some of our former employees have successfully created their own small businesses and are now suppliers on and around the mine site, providing housekeeping, laundry, cleaning, sewing, bar management and pest control. Local farming groups supply us with meat, fish, rice and vegetables.

A nearby village has been supplying Sepon since 2008 with a popular local chili dip – 800 kg a month! Our local Sustainable Development team has provided them with equipment and ensures on-going hygiene training.

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Sodexo National Support Centre
Level 8
607 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004 



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