At Vandemoortele, we aim to create a safe and pleasant workplace for our associates. Our responsibility as a company goes beyond ensuring technical safety; we also promote associates’ awareness of unsafe behaviour. It is our duty to contribute to the well-being of our associates as well, in line with our core values: ambition, respect and cooperation. The pandemic has motivated us to accelerate and redefine our approach to well-being.

Vandemoortele has a dynamic health and safety management system. Through preventive and protective measures, we strive to avoid incidents and accidents. A substantial effort also goes to getting a high safety leadership level amongst all our associates, individually and as a team. With our ‘I CARE, U2?’ safety programme, we focus on attitude, peer-to-peer interaction, safety dialogues and constructive feedback.

In 2021 we took a big step forward in our approach to general safety. We added additional safety tools to our ‘I CARe, U2?’ safety programme, which was launched in 2015. The extra tools focus on unsafe behaviour, as this is the underlying cause of more accidents than technical defects are.

Through our well-being programme we stimulate our associates to reflect on what makes them happy and to add their preferred elements of well-being to their (work) lives. In this way, our people are able to take their personal work happiness into their own hands, with our help and support.

World Day for Health & Safety at Work

Jean Vandemoortele, Chairman of our Board of Directors: "I am very proud of the way we improved labour safety during the last couple of years. We substantially reduced the number and – most of all – the severity of accidents, even with an increased number of temporary workers. This is thanks to the robust safety strategies and procedures that we have put in place."

Jean Vandemoortele

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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 2021 Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.3 billion with 4,800 (permanent and temporary) associates. The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States. We operate on more than 28 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to 95 countries worldwide.

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