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, we aim at constantly developing the workplace and thereby the employee's health and well-being.
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 strengthening support for female leadership or ensuring diversity in recruitment and education of employees.
To get a balanced workforce it’s essential to focus on increasing the number of female managers. We set an ambitious goal of having a 50/50 gender balance among all managers by 2018, and we have already reached that goal. Today, we not only have a 50/50 gender balance on our Executive Committee, but across all management levels at the company. We also aim to be more diverse in other aspects, such as age, different backgrounds and nationality for example.
"To build a company that can meet future challenges and consumer needs, the workforce needs to be diverse"
Besides working for greater diversity, The Absolut Company also puts a lot of effort into improving the health and well-being of its employees. We work together with a consultancy group that specializes in stress management. We contracted them for some specific cases, in which a few of our employees needed help with managing stress.
The company strives to constantly develop and improve the management and leadership at the company. 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 is still room for improvement, and provides a stepping stone for the company to make our working environment even better in following years.
Creative and Progressive Thinkers Make Our Company Thrive
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 decentralized 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. Furthermore, all employees have the possibility to volunteer during work hours, in organizations, schools or projects with the ambition to improve the sustainability.