Sodexo boosts mining offering with Morris acquisition

Sodexo integration director Keith Weston and Morris Corporation CEO Fiona Berkin

Sodexo has strengthened its facility management service for the mining industry through an acquisition of contracts and assets belonging to Morris Corporation.

The acquisition includes Morris’ client contracts and the ownership of the Collinsville village in Queensland, according to Sodexo.

Both companies provide facilities management solutions for the resources industry, including accommodation systems and camp design, administrative services, airport and security management, waste management, catering services, sport and culture activities, and wellness and motivational programs.

The two companies share a 50-year history, a local presence in Australia, a commitment to community engagement and a vision to offer exceptional service, according to Sodexo.

More than 98 per cent of Morris’ employees have accepted offers of employment with Sodexo.

Keith Weston, Sodexo integration director, said the similar values shared by the two companies included a commitment to Indigenous reconciliation, as well as a focus on working with and helping to develop sustainable local businesses wherever they operate.

“These shared goals place us in an ideal position as we begin our journey together. We look forward to working with our new clients, partners, suppliers and employees,” Weston said.

Sodexo explained it would undertake an assessment of current operations to identify opportunities where integration would deliver long-term benefits.

The immediate and ongoing priority, Sodexo continued, would be to ensure that the increased workforce remained safe and high quality operations were maintained across all sites.

Morris chief executive Fiona Berkin said the company was delighted at the opportunity and it believed the complementary value that exists within both organisations could be leveraged to establish a platform for growth.

“Our shared values and focus on safety are a big part of why this deal makes sense and will be a success, delivering benefits to our clients and consumers and increased opportunities across our combined workforces,” Berkin said.

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