How we do business

Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo has more than 420,000 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.


Since its foundation by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo has endeavored in its activities to comply with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Labor Organization principles. Though governments have the primary responsibility for promoting, respecting and protecting Human Rights, the Sodexo Group, as an international company present in 80 countries, recognizes its own responsibility to promote and guarantee human rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sodexo adheres to the principles of the:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • Tripartite declaration of principles of the International Labor Organization concerning multinational enterprises and social policy,
  • United Nations Global Compact: Global Compact – Human Rights
  • United Nations Women Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business
  • Policy on respecting Human Rights also available in Chinese, FrenchGerman, Hungarian, Laotian, Spanish and Thai


Women's Empowerment Principles

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It is with pride that Sodexo forms part of an organisation that is a leader in the Diversity and Inclusion arena worldwide. In South Africa, Sodexo embraces the empowerment of women and this is evident in our employment equity statistics and the day-to-day work environment. Women represent 67.05% of our total workforce and 60% of the Executive Management team.

Sodexo, through its Women Empowerment Principles committments, continues to embrace the principle of Quality of Life for all stakeholders and this journey will continue for years to come. In South Africa, our teams are dedicated to set the pace in transforming not only our company, but the community at large.

Head office address

SODEXO Southern Africa (Head office) 
The Pines Building
The Avenue Office Park 
45 Homestead Road
Rivonia, 2128

Tel: +27 (0)11 803 6600

A recognized commitment

A recognized commitment

As a corporate citizen company, Sodexo is recognized throughout the world for its various commitments and initiatives towards sustainability.
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