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Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo has more than 427,000 employees worldwide. The Group’s development is built on fundamentals that unite our teams and give Sodexo its unique personality. These fundamentals are expressed through our values and ethical principles. More on our fundamentals.

Health and Safety is an integral part of Sodexo’s mission to improve Quality of Life:

  • Every day, in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers, all of whom rely on our health and safety systems

  • Every day, our 425,000 employees rely on Sodexo to provide safe working conditions

  • Every day, our clients, and the wider communities in which we operate, trust Sodexo to provide safe services

For all of these reasons, health and safety is a global strategic priority for the Group.  Sodexo is committed to a global health and safety culture and world class health and safety performance.  We know that integrating health and safety into everything we do minimizes risk to people and property.

Group Health and Safety Policy

The principles set out in our Group Health and Safety Policy define our expectations and guide our actions.

We are committed to providing working conditions and client services that are safe and healthy.  Sodexo’s values of team spirit, service spirit and spirit of progress are the foundation of Sodexo’s health and safety culture. Our senior leadership and all employees are expected to personally demonstrate their commitment to support and improve our health and safety culture.

The engagement of our employees, clients, contractors, customers and suppliers is also essential to improve safety behaviors and practices and to achieve this we communicate and consult widely on health and safety matters. 


Management System

Sodexo’s global health and safety management system is designed to ensure safe and healthy services and a safe and healthy workplace.

Sodexo’s global health and safety management system is based on OHSAS18001 and includes 18 mandatory core processes. The management system delivers the Group Health and Safety Policy expectations in each business entity. In addition, Group Reference Standards define minimum global standards for specific health and safety topics.

Salus, the Group’s global health and safety software platform, generates KPIs for each element of the management system. The KPIs are used to define appropriate actions to continuously improve health and safety.

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Given Sodexo’s global scale and the wide range of Quality of Life services provided, technology is essential for our teams to collaborate.

Salus is our global health and safety software platform, where our people around the world share experiences to improve health and safety. Learning from all incidents drives continuous improvement. This is a mandatory expectation defined in Sodexo’s Group Health and Safety Policy.

Salus is a global, multi-lingual, web-based platform accessible to all Sodexo operations and health and safety teams. Incident information, including near-misses, is used to define the best preventive actions. Salus is also used to generate KPIs for Sodexo’s global health and safety management system.


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Sodexo publishes documents that present its Corporate Responsibility strategy and performance to its stakeholders.