Strengthening relationships of clients and Indigenous communities

Kendall RoeMeet Kendall Roe

Kendall is Sodexo's Accommodation Manager at Hope Downs 4 Rail in Western Australia

"I have already achieved many goals, not to mention the amazing people I have met.  I enjoy every aspect of my job, particularly the team spirit at site. Remote village life may not be for everyone, but remote life with Sodexo is helping me achieve a quality lifestyle."


 

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.

Sodexo’s RAP is built on the principles of equality and self-determination which underpin the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our commitment to reconciliation is driven by meaningful partnerships with Indigenous employees and individuals for mutually beneficial outcomes.

The Sodexo Indigenous Assessment Panel meets regularly to assess individual Indigenous job applicants who do not meet initial entry requirements. The Panel offers a six-week exercise, nutrition and wellbeing program to Indigenous applicants who do not meet health and fitness requirements and offers a second chance at employment upon successful completion of the program. The program is at no cost to participants and is delivered by a qualified and accredited exercise professional, with the support of a Registered Nurse, Dietitian and Physiotherapist.

Sodexo also offers cross-cultural training to ensure Executive and Management Teams are proactive contributors to the priorities of Sodexo’s RAP and to enhance our employees’ respect for cultural diversity.

These opportunities for local and Aboriginal communities, mean employees can stay in their communities while maintaining meaningful employment. Sodexo’s Indigenous employment has grown from 40 in 2010 to 280 at the beginning of 2013.

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Supporting local and indigenous businesses

We aim to identify, source and establish products and services required to support the growth of local businesses and community sustainability.

Unique collaboration celebrates Noongar culture

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.

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.