“Our aim is to be the Quality of Life Services brand that is known, respected and chosen for our leadership in Safety behavior, engaged workforce, service excellence that exceeds client and consumer expectations and for our commitment to creating a better tomorrow for all of our stakeholders.” Johnpaul Dimech, CEO Sodexo in Australia
Custom Quality of Life Services fit a unique environment
Given its incredible size and vast areas of desert, Australia poses a singular challenge for any service provider. Rising to that challenge, Sodexo has been improving quality of life for the workforces of client companies and their communities since 1982, most notably through dedicated services in five key segments: Corporate, Seniors, Education, Defense and Remote Sites. In all locations, Sodexo’s growing reputation for tailored comprehensive services, innovation and exemplary safety behavior is highly valued.
Maintaining an edge in a competitive economy
Australia’s thriving resources sector provides ongoing opportunities for growth in quality On-site Services for the mining, energy, oil and gas industries. Some of these sites present extreme conditions like Australia’s largest underground mine, Olympic Dam, established in the desert 560km from the nearest city.
This site is operated by BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company. Sodexo participated in designing and building the two villages created to service the project. Our team ensures a wide range of Quality of Life Services that support workers far from home and contribute to reduce staff turnover. Our programs like the Symmetry Health, Lifestyle and Entertainment help maintain employee well-being through lifestyle initiatives like social events, workout programs and healthy food options.
The ongoing service relationship with mining giant Rio Tinto is another example of Sodexo’s skill in remote site logistics. From accommodation management and technical maintenance to catering, landscaping and lifestyle programs, Sodexo provides the services necessary to enhance employee well-being in difficult locations.
Sodexo’s reputation for rigorous QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) practices has proven beneficial for its clients and employees. Contracts like an expanding multi-service deal with Australian Submarine Corp for several sites in Southern and Western Australia that includes catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance and waste disposal. In addition, Sodexo is setting new standards in workplace safety, with our sites achieving significant safety milestones such as 500,000 hours LTI (Lost Time Injury) free.
A great place to work: career development at the core
A fiercely competitive job market means that in Australia, attracting and keeping talent is a top priority. Sodexo has developed industry-leading strategies that ensure its staff members are well equipped and properly trained so that they can grow within the organization and feel appropriately valued. Internally, our Management Development Program gives structure to individual career paths. And at a national level, our approach to training and apprenticeships involves close collaboration with technical and further education - or TAFE - institutions. For example, Sodexo has formed a partnership with the Sunshine Coast TAFE in Queensland to deliver a nationally accredited Management Diploma.
A virtuous circle
Sodexo’s activities are by nature local and that is why contributing to the economic, social and environmental development of local communities is key to success. These goals, detailed in The Better Tomorrow Plan take shape in a number of initiatives. The incredible Australian landscape is a daily reminder of the importance of sustainable and responsible development. Working with clients and employees Sodexo has pursued a commitment to sustainable development by establishing initiatives dedicated to waste management solutions, sustainable supply chain and water efficiency. In 2009, the Department of Mines and Petroleum recognised Sodexo’s Resource Recovery Program for leading environmental progress. This recognition reflects the importance of waste management in the mining industry and how Sodexo helps clients reduce their environmental impact.