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Human capital

Inclusion and employee engagement

Corbion is fully committed to including the opinions and insights of its employees and investing in their further development. At Corbion we strive to create an effective and high-performing organization with engaged, inclusive, and diverse teams where our employees can unleash their passion, pride, and talent to create sustainable growth now and well into the future. To underpin this further and provide a “compass” for all interactions of our employees within and outside our company, we have communicated and implemented the Corbion values Care, Commitment, Collaboration, and Courage worldwide – in addition to the already existing Corbion behaviors.

To ensure we embed the above into Corbion and support our people in the best ways possible, the following principles are leading within Corbion:

  • Attract, develop, and retain our employees based on diversity, competences, strengths, and leadership potential required for current and future positions.

  • Offer challenging (new) career opportunities and encourage and support opportunities for further business and personal growth in the job, in projects, and with training.

  • Reward delivery of performance based on an internationally competitive remuneration framework.

  • Provide an inclusive work environment which leads to an increasingly engaged and involved workforce.

In 2019 we agreed on our Inclusion and Diversity policy which will be communicated and rolled out in 2020. We also continued our global review and succession planning of our talent, with the aim of establishing a stronger succession pipeline by ensuring quality and timely succession of critical positions. In addition, we implemented a global standard for the onboarding of new employees ensuring that they will not only be familiarized quicker with their new environment but also understand better the culture, values, and behaviors to successfully contribute within Corbion. Priority was especially given to the onboarding and integration of the employees of the acquired company Granotec do Brazil. The year under review saw the continued realization of several global training initiatives in the areas of sales, leadership, and management skills.

Achieving an optimal level of employee engagement and the creation of a culture focused on continuous performance and innovation are key success factors. This year was characterized by the implementation of the results of the fourth employee engagement survey conducted late 2018 (response rate of 94%) and impact planning to enhance the implementation of improvement areas. The outcome shows, once again, a rise in our engagement levels also in comparison with external benchmarks.

The four key Corbion behaviors (set clear direction, make the difference, focus on customers, and deliver through teamwork) have been integrated in our performance management system and leadership development programs to fully support the implementation and realization of our Creating Sustainable Growth strategy.

Human rights

We support the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the key conventions of the International Labor Organization, the OECD guidelines, and we are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. We integrate these principles into our policies and our business activities. Our Code of Business Conduct covers amongst others child and forced labor, discrimination, and freedom of association. All of our sites are assessed through Sedex and regularly audited (4-Pillar Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). Through our supplier code and our cane sugar code, we expect our suppliers to respect human rights in their operations. See Responsible sourcing for more information on these codes and the governance thereof.

Workforce profile

 

FTE of employees 2019

% of workforce 2019

FTE of employees 2018

% of workforce 2018

Total workforce

2,138

 

2,040

 
     

By region

    

Asia

230

11%

223

11%

EMEA

642

30%

625

31%

Latin America

392

18%

319

16%

North America

874

41%

873

42%

     

By unit

    

Business units

716

33%

733

36%

Ingredient Solutions

490

68%

491

67%

Innovation Platforms

226

32%

242

33%

R&D

81

4%

100

5%

Operations

1,137

53%

1,017

50%

Support functions

204

10%

190

9%

     

By gender

Number of employees

 

Number of employees

 

Female

562

26%

532

26%

Male

1,604

74%

1,536

74%

     

By employment contract

Number of employees

 

Number of employees

 

Full time

2,016

93%

1,922

93%

Part time

150

7%

146

7%

The total number of FTEs has increased in 2019 due to further focus on the strategy implementation (requiring specific competences) and the acquisition of Granotec do Brazil.

Labor practices

Collective bargaining agreements

# of employees

% of workforce

Total employees with agreements

985

45%

To ensure high-level employee-management interaction and responsible labor practices, we have joint management-worker health & safety committees on all production locations with formally elected employee representatives. In Thailand, the Election Welfare Committee has a formal quarterly meeting with employer representation by labor law to jointly review the welfare and working conditions. The members of the Election Welfare Committee are all employees’ representatives.

In addition, our Code of Business Conduct reflects our strong commitment to responsible labor practices. All Corbion employees are paid a living wage.