Strengthening relationships and supporting cultures

Focus: Working together to build an inclusive business that embraces, supports, extends, values and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander cultures and relationships.

Sodexo places a high priority on developing and nurturing lasting and respectful relationships with individuals and communities. We acknowledge that strong cultures, languages and identity are the foundations of prosperous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our ten year partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation, continuing support of the Yolngu communities, our support and participation of National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, the Garma Festival and the Journey to Reconciliation are demonstrations of our commitments to Relationships and Respect.

Strengthening relationships with and supporting the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is the cornerstone of our RAP Elevate and it presents us with the strongest opportunity for real and sustainable change.

Our areas of key focus are (click 'Learn More' for a list of our future commitments):

Workforce education

Continued education and development of our executives, management and employees to become increasingly aware, insightful and respectful of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Build an acceptance and understanding of important cultural and behavioural differences and needs to that of non-indigenous employees. Development of pride in the diversity of our workforce and create an environment of genuine inclusion. Celebrate the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

  • All Sodexo’s Australian Executive Team Members will attend Cultural Awareness Training (face to face and on country)

  • All direct reports to the Australian Executive Team will attend Cultural Awareness Training (face to face)

  • A minimum of 50% of employees will undertake Cultural Awareness Training (face to face)

  • Maintain the 2016 percentage of employees that have undertaken Cultural Awareness Training (face to face)

  • Cultural Awareness Training mandatory component of online pre-employment induction for 100% of new employees

  • All Managers and Karratha Operations site employees to complete Ngarluma cultural training (face to face)

  • Continue collaboration with Traditional Owner groups in locations where Sodexo operates, to deliver cultural training with a local context

Cultural partnerships

Increase the discussions with Traditional Owners, Elders and leaders and respectfully request their assistance and guidance in the creation of cultural partnerships that develop greater understanding, appreciation and local celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in our business.

  • Join the newly established Western Australians for Recognition, Perth based committee. The Committee’s primary role is to assist in building awareness and support for the Recognise campaign in WA

  • Contribute as a partner to the Culture College Pilot, delivering catering, accommodation and hospitality services to program at Gove House in 2015, in collaboration with the Hooker Family Foundation

  • Identify and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, Leaders and communities who are able and willing to enhance Sodexo’s understanding of local cultures

Improved inclusion

Improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guidance in the development of business strategy and planning.

  • Build and nurture our Executive team and client awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, in collaboration with Yothu Yindi Foundation (YFF) and Reconciliation Australia, at Garma 2015

    • Facilitate with Reconcilation Australia thought leadership workshop “Discuss, Determine and Commit to Our Future”

    • Host formal client dinner

    • Invite clients to join Sodexo at Garma 2015

    • All Executive team members will attend Garma 2015

  • Identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and Leaders who can participate and enhance Sodexo’s Australian operations business strategy development and planning

  • Design and agree the role of identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and/or Leaders who will assist in strategy & planning

  • Commence ongoing involvement in strategy and planning by Elders and/or Leaders

  • Collaborate with Reconciliation WA and Reconciliation VIC to host at least one public event, per year, that celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Continued support

Continue our participation, support and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee access to significant cultural events and activities.

  • Identify and participate in key activities to support local, state/territory, as well as, federal initiatives in support of reconciliation

  • Support, sponsor or participate in at least one Journey to Recognition or other Recognise Campaign activity in locations in which Sodexo operates and where the Campaign is active

  • Continue our financial support of the Recognise Campaign at levels similar to prior years, over $18,000 per annum

  • Develop and deploy a communications plan to increase employee awareness of the Recognise campaign, encouraging them to sign up

  • Provide opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to participate in local NAIDOC Week events

  • Host at least one public and one private event in every State and Territory in which Sodexo operates to celebrate NAIDOC Week

  • Provide two teams of Sodexo employee volunteers (45 in total, including 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees) to provide hospitality, catering, and facilities management at Garma