More than 80 nationalities work at Vandemoortele. People with different gender identities & orientations, with a variety of convictions & beliefs. As International HR Day is celebrated on May 20th, we're diving into our Diversity & Inclusion policy. A topic that is close to our heart.

VDM people


♡ Respect is a key value
Respect is the foundation of our identity, actions and our external and internal relationships. We act with integrity and respect for all.

♡ Diversity holds many benefits
Higher revenue growth, greater readiness to innovate, a higher ability to recruit stronger and of course more diverse people and higher employee retention.

♡ Our societal and moral duty
Building a diverse and inclusive work environment reflecting the society we serve.

quote D&I Marc Croonen


Between 2020 and 2022, we made significant progress in terms of gender diversity and inclusion. The number of women in senior management positions went up from 23% to 29.5%. We hope to scale up the representation of women to a minimum of 40% by 2025. We also made improvements on the amount of women identified as successors for management positions from 54% to 58.6%. This means that for 58.6% of our successor nominations, at least one internal female candidate was nominated.

Goals 2025 - progress 2022

At our company, we make sure everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feels equally involved and supported in all areas of the workplace. Building relationships with people that have different ideas, working styles and cultural backgrounds holds a lot of benefits for us. 

Did you know? 

Since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, our Polish plant in Lodz has welcomed many Ukrainian colleagues. To enable them to participate in ‘I CARE’, our online Peer2Peer tool to enhance workplace safety, we developed a Ukrainian translation. Within two months, the factory in Lodz registered nearly 150 interactions regarding safe or unsafe behaviour, being an active part of our strong safety culture in the workplace. 

Today, around 50% of the factory workers in Lodz have the Ukrainian nationality. The majority are workers, others are covering higher roles in the production plant. Our company is also translating all our safety procedures, from safety inspections to toolbox sessions, in Ukrainian.

Marc Croonen, Chief Human Resources, Sustainability, EHS & Communication: "Diverse teams are able to produce better results and be more successful because they consider more points of view.  Inclusive teams also have a positive impact on engagement, well-being and absenteeism."

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About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Margarines, Culinary Oils & Fats (MCOF). We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products. 

In 2022, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.7 billion with 4,600 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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Marc Croonen