To ensure the implementation of our 2030 Strategy, we aim to create a safe, engaging and high-performance culture by encouraging our employees to act according to our values Care Dare Deliver. Our functional people processes and solutions support the business to reach strategic and operational targets. Our data analysis and digital workplace tools help us make informed decisions and enables employees to succeed in their work.
We are guided by our values and our Global Code of Conduct
We have established Global Huhtamaki Working Conditions Requirements on ethics, employment and occupational health and safety practices, adherence to which is mandatory across our organization. The requirements follow the principles set out by the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Ethical Trading Initiative.
Employee dialogue and feedback is very important for Huhtamaki's growth. Our global employee engagement survey is conducted every second year to identify the key areas that affect employee engagement at Huhtamaki. The latest survey was conducted in 2019 with the highest response rate ever at 88% (80% in 2019). The employee engagement index was at 74%, (69%) and Employee Enablement at 75% (75%). The next survey will be conducted in 2021.
Teams have reviewed and discussed the results of the latest survey, looking for ways to maintain the areas that are clearly appreciated by employees and finding ways to improve those which were reported by employees as requiring more attention.
Most of our employment-related processes are managed digitally and are therefore standardized and transparent to the extent possible. According to the results of a third-party evaluation, for example, the compensation structure at Huhtamaki has been found to treat men and women fairly equally in terms of career advancement and pay. Pay growth and career opportunities are equal among men and women, and promotions do not favor either gender.
To build the strategic capabilities – in areas such as long-term innovation and digitalization – required to meet tomorrow’s challenges, we must nurture the potential of our people and continue to create a high-performance culture. We invite our people to clarify their own career aspirations, share knowledge in networks and appreciate feedback as a method of learning.
In addition to classroom trainings, we believe that seizing opportunities, growing with experience and taking on challenging assignments are exciting and motivating ways for development. During the COVID-pandemic, we have provided our people with opportunities to take charge of their own careers by broadening their own skills through various virtual training programs and virtual learning tools.
We are building diversity into the ways we work and behave. We believe that cognitive diversity especially, where different views and perspectives are welcomed, fuels innovation. Inviting and accepting everyone for who they are is key to providing emotional safety, which in turn has a direct impact on productivity.