Sodexo wins $2.5 billion Rio contract


Sodexo has been awarded a ten year, $2.5 billion contract to provide facilities management services to Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations.

As reported earlier this week by Australian Mining, Sodexo was shortlisted for the deal ahead of Spotless Facilities Services and ISS Facility Services last year.

Sodexo announced the win late yesterday, stating that this is the largest contract of its kind for the company.

The contract’s scope includes project management and integration; building and grounds maintenance; accommodation and catering services; village and town services; cleaning services; transport services; aerodrome management; and property management.

“Sodexo was successfully awarded the contract after demonstrating a number of strengths in keys areas such as consistency and quality in services, alignment with improving quality in village life, and strong engagement with communities located within their operational footprint,” it said in a company statement.

Michael Landel, Sodexo CEO, stated the contract is a major step forward for the business.

“Mobilising an international team of nearly 100 industry experts, we designed a solution for Rio Tinto that reflects the commitments of both companies to improved performance, responsible growth and development of the communities in which we operate,” Landel said.

“I am extremely pleased and proud to expand this partnership, which will bring the best of Sodexo to Rio Tinto.”

Sodexo’s head of its worldwide mining division, Johnpaul Dimech, said, “Looking to the future, Sodexo’s role is to support Rio Tinto’s long-term strategic plan by continually reengineering ourselves to operate at the right cost while providing seamless service solutions and anticipating evolving needs in quality of life.

“This is a unique opportunity to strengthen the commitments and values we share to ensure an uncompromising safety culture and engagement with communities who we work alongside with in the Pilbara.”