See how a new Sodexo partnership with tech company Huawei is expected to reduce client operating expenses

by Brianna Crandall — January 17, 2018 — A global partnership agreement was signed last week between Sodexo, a global provider of quality of life services, and Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, in the presence of public officials from both countries. The agreement opens the door to Sodexo providing Huawei with integrated facilities management (IFM) services on a global scale as a preferred partner, and to Huawei providing smart building services for Sodexo clients.

The five-year agreement represents a robust boost to the existing partnership between the two companies, which began in 2013 and currently covers 12 countries and four continents.

Sophie Bellon, chairwoman of Sodexo, remarked:

I am delighted and proud to reinforce this latest cooperation between France and China, representing France’s services sector, whose excellence is recognized worldwide. The enhanced strategic cooperation between Huawei and Sodexo will benefit both companies. We share concerns about industry’s impact on the environment and people’s quality of life. Our companies will work together to build energy efficient facilities and take measures to conserve energy and reduce emissions for Huawei’s offices in China and around the world.

Sun Yafang, chairwoman of Huawei, stated:

Huawei and Sodexo believe that this partnership will promote the shared success of both companies. As a global leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei will leverage its latest technologies in domains like IoT and cloud computing to help Sodexo accelerate its digital transformation, helping to provide its customers with more competitive services while reducing investment and O&M expenses.

Huawei’s IoT solutions are widely used in applications such as smart grids, smart buildings, and intelligent transportation. In particular, the Huawei Smart Buildings solution can help enterprises cut energy consumption by an effective 30%. Through this most recent cooperation, Huawei will help Sodexo build a more efficient, energy-saving, safe and comfortable Smart Building solution for its clients.

Sodexo entered China in 1995, bringing and developing the service outsourcing business model. Today in China, Sodexo employs 13000 people serving 1,100,000 consumers every day at 500 sites across 50 cities. The company designs, manages and delivers comprehensive service solutions of on-site services and benefits and rewards services. Through its integrated offering of foodservices, engineering services, lifestyle services, business support services and lab services, Sodexo helps improve performance for diversified clients including Huawei, JD, International School of Beijing, and Shanghai Tongren hospital, among others.

Founded in 1966, Sodexo operates in 80 countries with 427,000 employees, and serves 100 million consumers each day through its combination of on-site services, benefits and rewards services and personal and home services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over 50 years of experience: from food services, reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance, child care centers and concierge services.

Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio designed to give customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 180,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Founded in 1987, the private company’s innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population.