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Engagement and Wellbeing in our Workplaces and Communities

As a trusted partner it is essential for us to provide a safe and inclusive environment for our colleagues where everyone can thrive and develop.

Additionally, we pursue continuous improvements in safety as well as enabling worker voice.

We are committed to leading our sector on responsible recruitment and employment in the UK, through best-practice risk assessment, training and response. We will take our experience from the UK to apply across our Group practices.

Engagement and Wellbeing in our Workplaces and Communities

Colleague Wellbeing, Health and Safety

At Bakkavor, we promote a proactive safety awareness and accident prevention culture by empowering employees to do the right thing, raise risk awareness and actively support solutions to improve the Group’s performance. We consistently outperform industry figures on workplace safety and target zero serious accidents.

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Health, safety and wellbeing

Responsible Recruitment and Employment

Bakkavor directly employs around 20,000 colleagues, including almost 17,000 in the UK alone. We aim to fill vacancies through direct recruitment, but we also use agency labour providers where we require staff at short notice to fill seasonal or promotional peaks. Due to this subcontracting, it elevates our exposure to risks of Modern Slavery – an issue we take extremely seriously.

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Recruitment, training and development

Engagement, Development and Retention

At Bakkavor, we’re committed to providing a workplace environment where people are engaged, motivated to develop themselves, and feel empowered to speak up. We’re working to foster greater inclusion for our current and future colleagues and to maintain open and two-way communication channels.

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Diversity and inclusion

Local Causes/Community Engagement

We pride ourselves on our strong ties to the communities in which we work, supporting causes and projects important to them and our people. Rallying our colleagues and communities around causes engages all of us with the opportunity to make a difference as well as producing positive outcomes for charitable organisations.

Local Causes/Community Engagement
  • Colleague wellbeing, health and safety
  • Colleague wellbeing, health and safety
  • Responsible recruitment and employment
  • Engagement, development and retention
  • Local causes/community engagement

Colleague Wellbeing, Health and Safety

At Bakkavor, we promote a proactive safety awareness and accident prevention culture by empowering employees to do the right thing, raise risk awareness and actively support solutions to improve the Group’s performance. We consistently outperform industry figures on workplace safety and target zero serious accidents.

Each of our regional divisions have a strong health and safety (H&S) culture based on best-practice governance processes and reporting driven by the Group Board. Dedicated health and safety teams are in place to define standards and monitor compliance with risk-based workplace health and safety systems.

They include comprehensive audits and unannounced ‘safe site’ inspections carried out by qualified experts, performance monitoring and reporting and a well-established process for capturing and sharing good practice and learnings.

To foster and embed a positive approach to workplace health and safety across the Group, we have a H&S Forum and our central H&S team provide regular updates and guidance. The team attends our Engineering discussion group and our Manufacturing Forum and communicates key risks and shares best practice initiatives at the Group’s annual Group Employee Forum (GEF) Conference.

We also include two H&S award categories – H&S Culture and H&S Innovation – at our annual Group Responsibility Awards.

As of 2019, our Health and Safety accident performance outperforms the HSE Food Industry average by 79% and our +7 Day accidents rate outperform the HSE Food Industry average by 68%.

Read more of our latest results in our Annual Report.

Our Trusted Partner commitments for Colleague Wellbeing, Health and Safety

  • Demonstrate a continued commitment to H&S measurement and performance improvement, aiming for zero serious accidents by reducing significant risks across the Group (ongoing).
  • Continue to maintain UK performance by out-performing industry average on numbers of +7 days lost time accidents (ongoing).
  • Be recognised by our colleagues as supporting them to achieve positive wellbeing (ongoing).

Responsible Recruitment and Employment

Bakkavor directly employs around 20,000 colleagues, including almost 17,000 in the UK alone. We aim to fill vacancies through direct recruitment, but we also use agency labour providers where we require staff at short notice to fill seasonal or promotional peaks. Due to this subcontracting, it elevates our exposure to risks of Modern Slavery – an issue we take extremely seriously.

Our values as a business will never be compatible with any form of modern slavery, and we address this issue through our Group Human Rights and Ethical Programme, which is overseen by our Management Board. We will continue to take an active involvement in driving best practice in this area, by for example contributing leading industry platforms including responsible supply chain platform Sedex.

Beyond regular independent auditing, we want to build capacity across our business and raise worker voices by embedding an understanding and awareness of the issue of Modern Slavery; for our people to understand the risks and be able to spot the signs and feel confident in reporting them.

Our Trusted Partner commitments for Responsible Recruitment and Employment

  • Drive awareness and action on the issue of modern slavery, rolling out campaigns and training so that our colleagues know the indicators and how to report them (ongoing).
  • Facilitate access to employment for hard-to-reach individuals by supporting and encouraging our sites to undertake dedicated recruitment programmes with local communities and NGO partnerships (UK and US, 2022).
  • Lead our industry on rolling out completion of the new Sedex SAQ and new risk assessment (UK sites by 2020, and Group-wide by 2021).
  • Work only with UK Labour Providers that are GLAA registered, commit to the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit and work towards the standards (from 2020).

Engagement, Development and Retention

At Bakkavor, we’re committed to providing a workplace environment where people are engaged, motivated to develop themselves, and feel empowered to speak up. We’re working to foster greater inclusion for our current and future colleagues and to maintain open and two-way communication channels.

We want to be an attractive employer in our communities, as this will support our own business’s sustainable talent pipeline as well as contributing to local economic development. As such, we’re looking at ways of making working for Bakkavor appealing for a diverse range of individuals.

Open and constructive communication is vital to how we run our business. We approach employee communication and dialogue bearing in mind that many of our employees are not desk-based on a day-to-day basis.

We provide open channels of communication between employees and management through regular Site Employee Forums (SEFs) and the annual Group Employee Forum (GEF) where matters of common concern are discussed and learnings, best practice and ideas are shared. This enables positive policy development and the communication and discussion of operational changes.

We are committed to equal opportunities in all our employment practices, policies and procedures from recruitment and selection through training and development, appraisal and promotion.

This means that equal opportunities are offered to all regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex (including gender reassignment), marital or civil partnership status, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, age or trade union membership.

Read more in our Annual Report and latest Gender Pay Report.

Our Trusted Partner commitments for Engagement, Development and Retention

  • Implement a range of workplace opportunities designed to increase the attractiveness, accessibility and inclusivity of employment at Bakkavor (ongoing).
  • Promote an inclusive working environment, where differences are valued, and individuals feel they can be themselves, without judgement (ongoing).
  • Conduct a regular Group-wide employee engagement survey, aiming for an overall employee engagement score above industry average (ongoing).
  • Continue to empower our employees to speak up on issues important to them by promoting open channels of communication through our Site Employee Forums (SEFs) and the annual Group Employee Forum (ongoing).
  • Implement an integrated talent management and development programme to provide our employees with continuous learning opportunities (2021).
  • Develop future leaders by expanding our graduate programme and aligning our UK/Asia scheme with our US programme, as well as doubling the apprenticeship programmes in 2020.
  • Reduce our employee turnover and maintain below industry average (ongoing).

Local Causes/Community Engagement

We pride ourselves on our strong ties to the communities in which we work, supporting causes and projects important to them and our people. Rallying our colleagues and communities around causes engages all of us with the opportunity to make a difference as well as producing positive outcomes for charitable organisations.

At Bakkavor we have group corporate partnerships with Action Against Hunger – a charity working to lead the global fight against hunger and malnutrition – as well as FareShare, a UK-based charity that saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups for vulnerable people.

We also encourage our sites to support local charities which make a real difference within their communities. SEF (Site Employee Forum) representatives are heavily involved in organising activities to fundraise or volunteer with community projects.

Read more about our community projects in 2019. For example, we have been working in the poultry sector in Thailand and in the fresh produce sector in Italy. More around these projects can be read in our latest Modern Slavery Statement.

Our Trusted Partner commitments for Local Causes and Community Engagement

  • Fundraise and support our key Group charities through Group donations and employee engagement fundraising activities (ongoing).
  • Support and encourage our colleagues to fundraise for causes important to them through our Matched Giving Scheme where we will match employees’ individual efforts up to £4,000 each financial year in the UK, and up to £10,000 in the US and Asia (ongoing).