Empower our employees

Our employees lie at the heart of Pernod Ricard sustainability & responsibility, not only as beneficiaries of its workplace commitments but also as ambassadors and actors of the Group’s engagement.

Responsible employees

The Group is truly an incubator of talent and ideas, promoting a collaborative, friendly work environment marked by five main initiatives on behalf of the workforce:

Educating employees about our S&R commitments

No fewer than 83% of our employees report that they are familiar with the Group’s S&R model and its four areas of commitment, and 85% say they are encouraged to act responsibly within their department (source: Towers Watson I Say survey, 2017).

Enlisting employee participation in S&R activities

The credibility of our commitments depends first and foremost on the support of our workforce. As residents of the community, they will be the most sincere in promoting those commitments. We have adopted this perspective for two reasons: our employees have the greatest stake in our commitments, and if we fail to convince them, we will never succeed in convincing our other stakeholders. For example, we have been holding an annual Responsib’All Day event since 2011. For an entire day, work at each of our 85 affiliates around the world comes to a halt so that our 18,500 employees can tackle one of our S&R priorities in the field. In 2016, every affiliate made an active contribution to its local community.

Promoting workplace interactions founded on mutual trust and respect for diversity

In our view, diversity and difference are a source of wealth and creativity. That includes diversity in gender, age and origin. The Group now has more than 85 nationalities represented in its workforce. It is particularly keen to ensure diversity in its hiring, and provides support for leadership by women. The percentage of female managers continues to grow: women accounted for 36% of Pernod Ricard’s managerial staff at 30 June 2016, compared with 24% six years earlier.

Providing optimal induction, training and representation

We seek to provide the best possible induction process for our new employees.

We support them in their career development. Each year, more than 75% of employees attend training; in 2016, the figure stood at nearly 85%. Learn more about Pernod Ricard University.

We ensure their well-being within the company. Each affiliate has pledged to introduce a greater degree of job flexibility over the course of the year. Two members of the Executive Committee are serving as sponsors of the Better Balance initiative.

We encourage dialogue in the workplace. For example, the Europe Committee includes one or more representatives from each Europe-based affiliate and meets on an annual basis. Its members are invited to attend special daylong training sessions: in 2016 they learned how to improve their communications skills and manage difficult situations as an employee representative.

Alerting employees to each manager’s duty to act as a role model

Our managers need to act in exemplary fashion, so we have designed a guide to responsible leadership. Its goal is to help them inspire their staff, notably with regard to S&R issues.

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