This year, International Women's Day has selected 'embracing equity' as its annual theme. At Vandemoortele, too, we have set out a number of commitments in advance to promote gender equity and equality.

We are committed to safeguard the representation of women in selection procedures, ensure women have the same career opportunities as men, and commit to equal pay for equal work. We also take measures to increase the number of women in management positions, especially in senior management. Although we appoint associates on the basis of their competences, we make recruitment decisions in light of this goal if the skills of different candidates are equal.

This year's statement of embracing equity is a global call to work for inclusiveness, diversity, and equality. By supporting this message, we can all speak out against stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. The International Women's Day organisation has stated: "Collective activism is the driver of change. We can all embrace justice. Equality is the goal, and justice is the means to that end."

We want to create a diverse and inclusive working environment where all our associates can be themselves.


Our male and female colleagues from HR supporting equity, accompanied by CEO Yvon Guérin, during the International HR Conference today in Ghent, Belgium. Internationally, purple is the colour for symbolising women, as the shade represents justice and dignity.

Our diversity and inclusion policy

At Vandemoortele, we see it as part of our social responsibility to create a diverse and inclusive working environment for our associates. Being yourself is a great part of feeling at home in your workplace. With our diversity and inclusion policy, we commit to ensuring an equitable, high-trust, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Every colleague, regardless of who they are or what their role is, has to feel equally involved and supported.

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Our values

By embracing equity, we also embrace our Vandemoortele values: respect, ambition and cooperation. These lie at the core of our corporate culture.

Respect is the foundation of our actions and our external and internal relationships. We act with integrity and respect both toward others and in relation to the environment. The spirit of cooperation can be found within our teams and between ourselves and our partners. We are open-minded and value each individual contribution. We share our knowledge and expertise and enjoy working together. Our ambition is to deliver the Vandemoortele promise: best taste, best quality, best service. We take ownership of the company’s goals, and are committed to delivering an outstanding performance, for our customers and ourselves alike. We are passionate, engaged and energised.

Ladies at VDM

we made significant progress in terms of gender diversity and inclusion.

Female representation at Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele employs about 4,600 people from different backgrounds, including permanent and temporary associates. We hire people regardless of age, gender, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion, political opinion or beliefs. 

>> More will be shared in our Annual Integrated Report, that will be published later this month.

LET's all Embrace Equity!💜 
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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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