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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 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 2020 we started the communication about our Inclusion & Diversity policy and set specific targets related to gender diversity in senior management positions. We developed inclusion and diversity awareness workshops which will be implemented in 2021. 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 to familiarize them quicker with their new environment and enable them to better understand our culture, values, and behaviors to successfully contribute within Corbion. In 2020 we redesigned our global leadership program, which will be implemented in 2021.

Achieving an optimal level of employee engagement and the creation of a culture focused on continuous performance and innovation are key success factors. In 2020 we had our fifth engagement survey with a response rate of 93%. The outcome of the survey 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 – are now an integral part of our performance management system and leadership development programs to fully support the implementation and realization of our Advance 2025 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 audited regularly (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 and Sustainable agriculture in the Sustainability performance chapter for more information on these codes and the governance thereof.

Workforce profile

 

FTE of employees 2020

% of workforce 2020

FTE of employees 2019

% of workforce 2019

Total workforce

2,267

 

2,138

 
     

By region

    

Asia

227

10%

230

11%

EMEA

702

31%

642

30%

Latin America

909

40%

392

18%

North America

429

19%

874

41%

     

By unit

    

Business units

1,060

47%

716

33%

Ingredient Solutions

  

490

68%

Innovation Platforms

  

226

32%

Sustainable Food Solutions

641

61%

  

Lactic Acid & Specialties

193

18%

  

Incubator

43

4%

  

Non-core

183

17%

  
     

R&D

  

81

4%

CSSO

71

3%

  

Operations

889

39%

1,137

53%

Support functions

247

11%

204

10%

     

By gender

Number of employees

 

Number of employees

 

Female

620

27%

562

26%

Male

1,676

73%

1,604

74%

     

By employment contract

Number of employees

 

Number of employees

 

Full time

2,143

93%

2,016

93%

Part time

153

7%

150

7%

Because of the updated strategy part of the population has moved in reporting from 'Operations' to 'Business units'.

Labor practices

Collective bargaining agreements

# of employees

% of workforce

Total employees with agreements

1,039

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.