Sodexo has become an Official Supporter of Paris 2024 – as has its subsidiary Sodexo Live!, which is set to provide catering at the Athletes’ village.
For a five-week period, Sodexo Live! will employee 1,000 people per day at the Village, serving 40,000 daily meals for 14,850 athletes from 206 Olympic delegations and 182 Paralympic delegations.
Sodexo Live! is an experienced partner to major sporting events and will harness its expertise to look after the 14,850 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, with three main objectives:
contributing to athletes’ performance by offering appropriate food for the requirements of elite sport
creating a memorable experience for the athletes that matches this unique moment of their careers by working with several talented and iconic chefs
helping Paris 2024 reach its environmental and social ambitions
Sodexo Live! will also provide catering for the general public at around 15 Paris 2024 competition venues.
Nathalie Bellon-Szabo, Global CEO of Sodexo Live!, said: “Sodexo Live! is immensely proud to actively participate in this event, which will be exceptional for Paris and the whole of France. All of the teams at Sodexo Live! are now working hard to prepare a unique and unforgettable experience for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Our commitments to social progress and the environment will enable us to work alongside Paris 2024 and rise to the challenge of creating Games with a positive impact.”
Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 President, said: “I am delighted that the Sodexo Group is joining the Paris 2024 adventure. We chose Sodexo Live! for their expertise, which will enable us to provide the athletes with optimal catering services. Because for them, the experience of the Games is also about food. Eating well is of course essential for performance, but it’s also about the enjoyment of meeting up to enjoy a meal with other athletes. We and the Sodexo Group, which is staunchly committed to tackling CSR issues, share the aim of delivering socially and environmentally responsible Games. And that goal starts on our plates – through the products we choose and how we recruit catering staff.”
Contributing to athletes’ performance by offering appropriate food for the requirements of elite sport
Teams at Sodexo Live! will harness their unique know-how and expertise in sports nutrition to meet elite athletes’ specific nutritional requirements. Menus will be created with nutritionists who specialise in sport and harnessing the participation of two members of the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Commission: Hélène Defrance, bronze medalwinner for sailing at the Olympics in 2016 and now a consultant in nutrition and performance; and Stéphane Diagana, a 400m hurdle champion with a wealth of knowledge on health and well‑being.
Inventive and diverse cuisine created by iconic chefs to create an unforgettable experience for athletes
Sodexo Live! is working with talented and complementary chefs in order to share the excellence of French cuisine and provide food that is inventive, tasty and diverse.
As part of the Paris 2024 adventure, several chefs will harness their creativity, personality and drive for excellence to design a range of catering options that unite the requirements of elite sport with culinary enjoyment.
A shared ambition with Paris 2024 to deliver Games with a positive impact
Sodexo Live! will actively participate in Paris 2024’s ambition to encourage the development of a social, inclusive and environmental economy by making firm commitments:
- Optimising the infrastructure used by Sodexo by limiting the creation of temporary facilities by making use of existing structures, such as Sodexo’s logistics platform for Greater Paris.
- Designing a model for sustainable catering at every step of the way: a sustainable and local procurement policy, production methods, the fight against food waste and the elimination of plastic packaging.
- Making sure at least 15% of people recruited have disabilities, are in long-term unemployment or come from priority areas.