Home' Nufarm Annual Report : Nufarm Sustainability Report 2017 Contents Our people are the core of our
business and their dedication and
innovation continue to underpin our
success. We are striving to build a
diverse and inclusive workplace where
new ways of thinking and working are
harnessed to drive Nufarm forward.
This year Nufarm employed 3,189
people across five regions, a decrease
of two per cent from 2016, which can
be attributed to rationalisation
activities that were finalised in 2016.
The majority of our workforce remains
full time, permanent employees,
however where the nature of the role
allows it, we support flexible work
arrangements. Our full employee
data can be found in tables 6 and 7.
Throughout a normal year, we employ
casual contract staff to respond to
the peak manufacturing months.
additional 14 per cent of seasonal
workers contracted to work at our
manufacturing sites. Nufarm also
engages a small percentage of
specialist, professional service
providers, such as business and
engineering consultants, to
support projects as required.
Listening to our people
In October 2016, 84 per cent of Nufarm
employees provided confidential
feedback through our Nufarm
employee opinion survey. The results
of the survey and the agreed actions
were communicated to all employees.
We run employee opinion surveys
every two years and in 2018 we will
run a mid-cycle pulse check survey.
In response to the employee opinion
survey feedback we redesigned our
performance management program
in line with industry best practice. We
have adopted a more agile approach
to objective setting that will ensure
employee priorities and development
goals are more closely aligned to the
needs of the business. We have called
this program Grow Plan Succeed (GPS).
With the introduction of our GPS cycle,
all employees are expected to engage
in regular check-in conversations with
managers and matrix managers to
frequently discuss performance and
development in real time.
Nufarm also committed to improving
information technology systems
following feedback from employees.
These improvements are being
delivered through an information
technology transformation program
that will continue into 2018. One of
these projects is the implementation
of a global human resources
Developing new talent
To help grow our local talent we
continue to expand our youth
strategy year on year through
a variety of programs.
We have active internship and
graduate programs in Brazil, the
United Kingdom, North America
and Australia. In Australia, we offered
permanent roles to all graduates in the
2017 program. In Brazil, Nufarm runs
an internship program for university
students and two apprenticeship
programs; one for students from local
high schools that offers a seven-month
work experience program and another
for young people from the local
community. Some of the participants
in this internship program have gone
on to permanent employment with
Nufarm in the HR, IT and finance
functions during 2017.
Apprenticeships offer an important
opportunity for young people to
access the employment market.
Our Wyke site in the United Kingdom
takes on five apprentices each year
into three apprenticeship programs;
control and instrumentation,
mechanical and process.
This year 67 per cent of graduating
apprentices at the Wyke site moved
into permanent positions with Nufarm.
The remainder are still in progress due
to extensions or leaving the business
with a completed apprenticeship.
North America continued to build
its partnership with Purdue University,
providing placements for students
through its engineering co-op program.
This program brings fresh ideas to
Nufarm’s engineering team while
giving students valuable, real life
work experience to supplement
their classroom studies.
Figure 4: Employees by region
1. Employees are represented as full time equivalent (FTE) employees.
Identify learning and development opportunities
Set objectives and plan success
Succeed Have regular conversations
Real time feedback keeps us all on track
NUFARM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017
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