— Published 19 October 2021

Sodexo in the village’s kitchens

The Paris 2024 Games are gradually completing their catalogue of partners. A new name has been added with Sodexo announced as an official supporter, the third level of the national marketing programme. Its events subsidiary, Sodexo Live!, will provide catering in the Athletes’ Village. During the five weeks of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will employ more than 1,000 staff per day in the village and provide up to 40,000 services daily. Sodexo Live! will also provide food services for the general public at some 15 competition sites. Menus will be developed in collaboration with specialized sports nutritionists and with the participation of two members of the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Commission: Hélène Defrance, a bronze medallist in sailing at the Rio 2016 Games, now a nutrition and performance advisor; and Stéphane Diagana, the 1997 world champion in the men’s 400 m hurdles. As a bonus, Sodexo will call on the talent and creativity of several French chefs. The Paris 2024 OCOG specifies that the French company will have to innovate, of course, while keeping within the commitments made by Tony Estanguet and his team. It will have to reduce the creation of temporary facilities as much as possible, capitalising on existing structures, such as its logistics platform in Ile de France. It will have to design a sustainable catering model at each stage of the catering offer, through responsible and local purchasing, fighting against food waste and eliminating plastic packaging. Finally, Sodexo will have to recruit at least 15% of disabled people, people who are far from employment or coming from priority areas.