Sodexo partners with the French Ministry of Defense to improve quality of life for people on the TELSITE mission
December 02, 2014
The Economat des Armées (French Armed Forces logistics and supply center) has selected Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, to design, supply and operate the future TELSITE remote site that will oversee consolidation of the Moruroa atoll in French Polynesia. The mission will last nearly three years.
Backed by in-depth experience operating remote sites in extreme environments and accompanying French armed forces overseas, Sodexo has developed a comprehensive service offer based on 100% French-Polynesian expertise, to support TELSITE personnel during their mission by:
Creating a comfortable and secure physical environment that boosts the teams’ wellbeing and performance. Sodexo will oversee construction, transport and installation of a 32,000 square feet remote site built by Logistic Solutions, a Brittany-based small business. Sodexo will manage the entire site from design to dismantling, including technical and environmental services (full recycling and zero environmental footprint).
Ensuring the health and well-being of personnel. Remote site conditions mean we need to pay particular attention to providing a balanced and supportive atmosphere. Sodexo offers a comprehensive, innovative and environmentally-friendly solution encompassing sports facilities and 414,000 balanced meals provided thanks to a direct and local supply chain.
Facilitating ongoing social interaction. Emotional well-being is a pre-requisite for the success of this mission. To ease the effects of home-sickness and occasional feelings of isolation, Sodexo will set up and run welfare and recreation facilities.
Sodexo will also train staff hired from local communities, who make up 75% of the total headcount, based on an ambitious internship program involving more than 3,000 hours of training.
On the occasion of the TELSITE mission launch, Veronika Roux, Sodexo Defense Services Managing Director, said: "This new contract reflects the increased cooperation between Sodexo and the French Ministry of Defense, serving French Polynesia. We are very proud to help improve the quality of life of French troops deployed throughout the world.”