Sean Haley, chief executive of Sodexo, commented: “Despite the challenging economic and social backdrop, we saw strong business growth during FY23, with more valued clients in both the public and private sectors choosing to work with Sodexo.
“This growth has been achieved through new and existing clients recognising the quality of our services delivered onsite every day by our dedicated 34,000 colleagues, and recognising the difference we make through our authentic commitment to delivering positive social impact.”
Sodexo has retained their longest-standing clients, across all markets, as well as winning new business in a highly competitive environment.
One of the largest retentions was the Project Allenby/Connaught contract, which Sodexo has held since 2006. This was retained for a further 17 years at a value of £730m over the initial ten year period, meaning the 1,450-strong team will continue to be responsible for feeding more than a third of the British Army.
Sodexo also extended many other contracts across all markets, including Ascot Racecourse, Manchester University NHS Foundation and Sullom Voe energy terminal in Shetland. The global services company has taken over management of two more prisons on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and complex outsourcing contracts supporting HM Government.
Haley said ‘one of his proudest moments’ was celebrating the graduation of 900 apprentices working across the UK and Ireland. He believes that apprenticeships are ‘crucial for driving social mobility’.
In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo reported a 33% cut in scopes 1,2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to 2017 (baseline year). The Stop Hunger Foundation raised over £580,000 which will go towards projects fighting food insecurity and food waste.
Haley added: “These are just a few examples of where my colleagues have delivered life-changing and life-enhancing social impact. I see it across the Sodexo business, and we feel the momentum from our clients who want to see excellent services delivered with a positive social impact.
“We have a strong platform for the year ahead and I thank wholeheartedly all my colleagues who work the length and breadth of the country in a wide variety of roles and environments who have delivered these results. Sodexo is, and has always been, a people-led business – without them, there is no business. With them, we close out a year to be proud of.”