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AstraZeneca Extends Cross-border Sodexo Collaboration

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AstraZeneca has re-awarded its integrated services contract to Sodexo in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

The collaboration between the companies is based on the Vested® business model which was developed following award-winning research by the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. Implementing the model requires both parties commit to a high level of transparency and collaboration, which started with crafting the service level agreement together. Incentives are included to drive mutual business success, driven by a ‘What’s in it for we’ mindset. The agreement aims to increase innovation, reduce long term cost, increase efficiency in FM, improve employee engagement and encourage alignment on sustainability and productivity goals.

AstraZeneca began collaborating with Sodexo initially in the United Kingdom in 2008 following the award of an integrated catering and facility services contract. In 2012, the scope of the agreement was expanded to include additional services, with delivery extended geographically to additional sites in the UK as well as new sites in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Sodexo will continue to provide services across the global portfolio, including food services, as well as workplace services, cleaning in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and quality-controlled lab areas, technical services, grounds maintenance and waste handling. 

We will continue to enhance AstraZeneca’s best-in-class workplace by delivering sustainable experiences every day for everyone.


To support AstraZeneca’s activities and teams, drive efficiencies and spark further innovation, the company is implementing key initiatives aligned to its 2025 ambition to deliver excellent client and consumer experience, including the implementation of global food brands, suitable for both manufacturing and office environments (including Kitchen Works and Modern Recipe), delivering food in stylish and welcoming spaces that foster a sense of belonging and cultivate collaboration proven solutions to reduce Astra Zeneca’s environmental impact:WasteWatch initiative to track, analyze and limit food waste with the objective of reducing food waste by 50 per cent by 2025; a “Reusable Food Box” initiative tracked by a personalized QR code to avoid single-use packaging waste; Carbon labelling on menus to drive consumers towards sustainable choices tech & data solutions to support a consumer-centric approach with the evolution of the existing ‘Everyday’ consumer app, enabling consumers to pre-order meals – as well as benefitting from a digitized grab and go food offer. 

The partnership will also benefit from further digitization concerning other critical areas such as health & safety, financial performance, quality and compliance through Sodexo’s global Wando app. This app generates data and insights to ensure consistency and transparency that enable informed solutions, acting as the central reporting platform to drive KPIs.  

Johan Stellingwerf, Sodexo Chief Operating Officer for Global Strategic Accounts, says: “We are very pleased to have extended our long-lasting partnership with AstraZeneca. Together, we share a mutual commitment to nurturing healthy people, healthy planet and healthy society within our workplaces.

“We will continue to enhance AstraZeneca’s best-in-class workplace by delivering sustainable experiences every day for everyone. Together with our teams, we will continue generating value, supporting both companies’ strong commitments around Sustainability, Safety, Quality & Compliance, Innovation and People.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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