GOAL 3

ENHANCING LIVES

Ensuring a healthy, safe, and inclusive workplace has become a top issue for Vandemoortele. We appreciate the value of a diverse work force, and we promote self-improvement and personal and professional growth. All our people are offered equal opportunities to flourish in their jobs. We also cooperate with our suppliers to ensure good labour conditions in our entire value chain, and we reach out to local communities to create a positive social impact.

MARC CROONEN

Chief Human Resources, Sustainability and Communication

“Vandemoortele is dedicated to ensuring healthy, safe and inclusive workplaces for all its associates. We embrace a people-centric approach where every member is respected and valued. Behind a strong company is always a strong team, and I am proud to call this our ‘big little family’.”

“To improve people’s working and living conditions along our entire value chain, we cooperate constructively with our suppliers to ensure appropriate labour conditions for their associates. We also reach out to local communities in order to generate a positive social connection.”

OFFERING AN ENGAGING PROFESSINOAL JOURNEY

As a large-scale employer, Vandemoortele has a direct impact on the professional journey and the personal development of thousands of people. We foster a culture of growth and engagement, and we provide learning tools for our associates to broaden and deepen their skills.

A changing professional landscape makes it challenging to attract qualified experts. We facilitate internal mobility and job promotions, and we encourage our managers to become strong people- and performance-oriented leaders, thus helping our associates to reach their full potential. By focusing on the professional journey of our associates, we ensure that we attract and retain the right profiles.

PROVIDING A DIVERSE, EQUITABLE, AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Vandemoortele employs approximately 4,500 associates from different backgrounds, including hundreds of temporary workers. We foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and we ensure that our workplaces reflect the communities around them. All our associates are welcome as they are, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, abilities, religion, or sexual orientation.

Respect is a key value for Vandemoortele: we listen to our associates’ ideas, value their contributions, and provide equal opportunities for growth and advancement. By creating a pleasant, inclusive, and diverse work environment, we prevent our associates from feeling underappreciated or misunderstood, and we are more likely to retain and attract the right profiles.

ENSURING A HEALTHY AND SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

Health and safety at work is a critical aspect of any successful business. By protecting our associates from accidents, work-related illnesses and injuries, we reduce absences and promote an efficient and productive workplace. We strongly believe in managed safety instead of regulated safety: we focus on awareness, a mindful attitude, and constructive feedback techniques.

In addition to physical health and safety, we also protect people’s mental health. We improve the work-life balance and take steps to prevent burn-out. By offering inclusive, safe and healthy working conditions, combined with meaningful and rewarding work, we promote happiness and well-being in the workplace.

ENSURING WORKERS' RIGHTS IN OUR VALUE CHAIN

We aim to address social injustice and shape a better future for all. By ensuring fair working conditions, we seek to treat people well, not only within Vandemoortele but along our entire value chain. We contribute to positive social change and create chances for minorities and underprivileged groups, like decent work conditions and quality education.

In collaboration with local communities, we provide on-the-ground support to projects that improve people’s living and working conditions. The results of our actions are threefold: we minimise the risk of human rights violations, we maximise our positive social impact, and we address environmental challenges like deforestation.

Samir Bedrici

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