Supporting and inspiring our people

We are committed to inspiring our people, to be socially and environmentally responsible by doing what is right and leading the sustainability agenda.

Your Voice overview

In March 2017 we ran our annual employee engagement survey as part of our ongoing commitment to our people.

This year we were pleased to maintain a strong engagement score of 71% for a second year, compared to our selected benchmark group of 15 food and logistics companies, which averaged an engagement score of 65%. We were also happy to see even more employees taking part, with our response rate increasing by a further 2% since 2016 to 85% (benchmark group average 78%).

Dare to Share

In February 2017 we launched a new scheme daring our employees to share their improvement ideas directly with our leadership team.

During the two month submission window we received over 420 suggestions, and as part of the process we committed to providing a response for every employee who took the time to submit an idea. Some of the more complicated or specialist ideas have gone back out to the business to review feasibility and the final selection of ideas will be presented to the leadership team later in the year.

Development opportunities for apprentices

The apprenticeships we offer are from Level 2 in Warehousing or Business Administration, which is equivalent to five GCSE passes. This runs all the way through to a Level 6 degree apprenticeship for our top talent, which is equivalent to a bachelor degree. In September 2016, we recruited Elise Rawlins as our brand new Sustainability Apprentice. Elise has settled in perfectly within the business and has grown from strength to strength during her time with us. She is a valued member of the People & Sustainability team and demonstrates the true value of an apprentice. She has also been awarded an FDF Apprentice of the Year award, 2017.

“To me, the idea of apprenticeships is amazing. I have been given the opportunity to learn, gain skills and to achieve a qualification, all in one year! It’s the perfect amount of responsibility, so I feel trusted and never overwhelmed.” Elise Rawlins, Sustainability Apprentice

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