Empower our employees
People are at the heart of our community and sustainability platform. The competence and engagement of each individual is a prerequisite for a successful sustainability work. The employees are challenged to make a difference and to find innovative solutions on their daily workplace. By empowering all employees and strive for inclusiveness and diversity, The Absolut Company aims at constantly developing the workplace and thereby the employee's health and well-being.
All from the start, the founders of Absolut and of Pernod Ricard, have built their success by being creative and progressive thinkers – thereby making their companies thrive. In today’s decentralised and entrepreneurial culture, people who want to make a difference are still the key to success. And the company relies on the good judgement of each and everyone.
By empowering and investing in employees, providing flexible work arrangements and learning schemes, the company is now a workplace where employees are encouraged to grow. The Absolut Company perceives its people as ambassadors for the sustainability work, with the goal that the company and its employees work as role models in the industry.
All employees are educated in the company’s sustainability strategy and actions, and they are also engaged in the company’s sustainability work. One such activity is the annual Responsib’All Day, a global initiative within the Group. More than 18 000 employees in 80 countries participate. This day is the opportunity to highlight yearlong Pernod Ricard initiatives and share the five industry commitments on responsible drinking. During that day, all employees meet to share best practices and hear about implementations of good ideas within the company. The objective is to inspire all employees to continue the sustainability work.
Being a company that produces and sells alcoholic beverages, it is crucial to take responsibility and act as a good example. Therefore, The Absolut Company has a policy for employees on the use of alcohol.
Within that, there are guidelines for employees and management on how to act within the company.
To build a company that can meet future challenges and consumer needs, the workforce needs to be diverse.
Differences enrich the workplace and promote creativity, and The Absolut Company has set high targets on creating balanced teams. The company undertakes various actions to meet this goal such as strengthen support for female leadership or ensure diversity in recruitment and education of employees.
For The Absolut Company, the well-being of the employees means more than ensuring that they have a safe and healthy work-environment. It is essential that the people in the workplace feel included and important, that they can develop within the company and have career possibilities. However, there are also need for tools to help co-workers balance their work and private life. The Absolut Company uses a leadership model where the leaders can inspire and act as role models.
The Absolut Company has a learning plan module that is 70-20-10. This means that 70 percent of learning activities come from work experience, eg extended responsibilities, 20 percent from others, eg via coaching, feedback sessions or work shadowing and 10 percent from external trainings. To encourage personal growth and enable employees to succeed in their current role - or prepare for their next, the company invests more than industry average on training and development, at headquarters in Stockholm more than 4 percent of total salary costs.
The company strives at constantly developing and improving the management and leadership. By monitoring the well-being through employee surveys, the results and progressions are mapped each year. In that survey, aspects such as empowerment, innovation and working environment are measured. The results are used to map the areas where there are still room for improvement, and provides a stepping stone for the company to make it even better the following years.