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.
“We are pleased to release Sodexo’s fifth RAP 2018 - 2020, our second Elevate RAP. This RAP builds upon our reconciliation journey and achievements, providing a roadmap to inspire and realise greater potential in making a real and measurable difference to the lives and communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
Our values of Service Spirit, Team Spirit and Spirit of Progress continue to be strengthened by our commitment to reconciliation. Through these values, we continue to work closely together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and partners in finding our way forward.
As a company, we have committed to achievements across three core pillars of respect, relationships and opportunities over our RAP journey.
Through this RAP we will create more jobs, increase retention, provide career pathways, continue to develop and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses and further establish key relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in progressing forward. In all of our RAP initiatives, we seek to not simply participate, but to work alongside, to act strategically and to leverage our experience and knowledge for the benefit of our community partners, clients and employees.
We are proud to continue our partnership with Reconciliation Australia through the stages of our next Elevate RAP journey. We commit Sodexo to this RAP and continue to build towards reconciliation in Australia.
CFO and Country President
Our vision for reconciliation
Improving the ‘Quality of Life’ of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our communities, continuously and sustainably.
Every organisation has a role and responsibility in contributing to reconciliation in Australia, most effectively through core business to develop and contribute under reconciliation’s pillars of Opportunity, Respect and Relationships. As an Elevate RAP organisation Sodexo’s focus continues to strive across our business to achieve and deliver more for community across these pillars and deliver outcomes in line with our Quality of Life philosophy and Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments.
Through empowerment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people Sodexo has created and continues to create direct and indirect economic opportunities. Across more than 200 client sites nationally, Sodexo employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians delivering $33.5M in wages earned through this time, delivering a direct financial impact into families and communities.
Sodexo has also reformed Supply Chain processes to ensure cultural and community due diligence in the process as the first step when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned business, employing Sodexo’s senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership to directly work with businesses. Wherever possible, Sodexo seeks to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business into our supply chain and to include these enterprises into our tender process. Sodexo is proud of supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander small business movement across Australia, working with enterprises in both urban areas and cities through to regional and remote locations in areas such as the Pilbara, Western Australia and Weipa in Far North Queensland. We will continue to explore opportunities and build capability, enabling longer term economic security and different business models such as joint ventures. This is how we will create Opportunities.
Sodexo will 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, and consumers of our services and the communities in which we work.
Sodexo will deliver significant and practical outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities through continued focus on our three priorities. Continuing those that will provide maximum impact and introducing stronger governance and leadership to ensure we deliver our commitments: