One of Rio Tinto's Pilbara mine camps.

Sodexo wins $2.5bn Rio contract

French company Sodexo is set to become one of the biggest service providers in the Pilbara after signing a $2.5 billion contract to manage all of Rio Tinto’s mine camps and other facilities for 10 years.

Sodexo expects to employ 900 people to service the Rio facilities, which are spread across five towns, 15 mine sites and three ports and include airports, commercial buildings and residential buildings.

The services will encompass everything from catering, cleaning and waste management to grounds maintenance, aerodrome management and transport services.


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Why do we have to engage International companies for Australian projects when there are suitably qualified Australian companies to undertake the same work. Rio Tinto are hypocrites and should read their own corporate policies which state contractors should demonstrate local engagement. Where do the profits from International companies go? In this case I guess it will go to France and not be invested in the Australian economy, at a time when the mining industry is on its knees. I am with an Indigenous company that has the same capabilities and resources to provide camp services, yet when we approached Rio Tinto it was stated that they would only deal with tier one contractors of an international level. So much for promoting Indigenous business and closing the gap. Its all just smoke and mirrors and window dressing at the end of the day.

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