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Employees

Developing, engaging and rewarding employees fairly is fundamental to the success of our business and also to the relationships that we have with the local communities in which we work.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make the best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We have a formal equal opportunities policy that commits us to promoting equality of opportunity for all our staff and job applicants. For our operations in Northern Ireland this includes adherence to the MacBride Principles. Our policy states that we do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, marital status, ethnicity, creed, sex or sexual orientation. The policy also requires our staff to treat customers, suppliers and the wider community in accordance with these principles as well.

The health and wellbeing of employees is paramount. As with any manufacturing business, a key objective is to minimise and ultimately eliminate accidents. The Group maintains low accident rates at its sites and time lost to accidents.

As part of the programme to enhance safety, during FY2019, a major transport review was conducted at the Clonmel facility resulting in changes to vehicle routes in order to improve pedestrian segregation and lessen risk of collision. A safety behaviour programme was also re-launched to encourage safety interventions and involvement by all staff in the resolution of safety issues. This has resulted in an overall increase in safety interventions across the Group.

A Health and Safety day also took place in Clonmel in April 2018 with over 100 staff across the site taking part in workshops on food safety, safety culture, fire safety, first aid, chemical awareness and dignity in the workplace.

This increased level of engagement is also resulting in many more hazards being identified and remedied within the workplace, which helps with longer term performance improvements.

During FY2019, Wellpark Brewery embarked on a programme of site fabric improvement in order to improve the environment that staff work in. This involved major improvements to lighting ambience and intensity, improved drainage in wet working areas and replacing flooring with new resin materials in the bottling hall.

The continuation of the Health and Safety days at Wellpark has had a significant impact regarding the engagement of employees. Presentations and training have been tailored to particular risks for groups of staff, including the Executive and operations management teams, with engineers receiving specialist training in the use of handling equipment and lockout-tagout techniques for safe isolation of equipment for repair. Operations staff also received presentations on fire safety, energy utilisation, food hygiene and a presentation on safety behaviours by a leading psychologist. A number of similar training programmes are planned at Matthew Clark during FY2020.

The Group encourages employees to manage their wellbeing and make available advice on how to improve their health and wellbeing generally. Where possible we avail of facilities local to our sites to enhance opportunities for the improvement of health and fitness. This year there has been an increased focus on mental health with initiatives run in various parts of the business. In Bibendum a ‘Healthy Wine Minds’ session was facilitated over the summer looking at a positive approach to managing mental health while in Tennent’s there are regular “Mentally Healthy Workplace” workshops to encourage positive discussions around mental health and ensure employees can access the support they need. Tennent’s has also recently launched their first Mental Health first aiders at all sites. An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Health checks are available in many areas and this is something we intend to continue to improve upon in FY2020.

We continually strive to support our employees in achieving their full potential and have created a variety of development opportunities this year.

We launched “Raising the Bar”, a comprehensive training and development programme aimed at ensuring Tennent’s employees have the skills, confidence and knowledge to deliver, developing them personally and professionally. Starting with our Field Sales teams in FY2019 “Raising the Bar” will be rolled out to Distribution and Operations employees during FY2020.

Investment in young talent was an area of focus in FY2019 and in Tennent’s we supported apprenticeships and graduates across a range of careers including Commercial, Digital Marketing, Logistics, Engineering and Operations. We are proud to be working with the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and the SQA, along with a number of other brewers, to develop Scotland’s first Brewing Apprenticeship which launched in calendar 2019.

We continue to support professional development across the business and this year have supported employees through further education and professional exams including SVQ’s in Management, CIMA qualifications.

Further emphasis was placed this year in delivering a comprehensive range of skills training including line management and recruitment training, and we have a tailored suite of development options for high potential employees. We continue to invest many training hours in specialised and compliance training, where appropriate, such as food safety, HACCP, manual handling, forklift driving, chemical handling, wine appreciation, brewing, first aid and fire safety.

We are committed to increasing diversity in our business through access, opportunities and training. During FY2019 we brought in diversity monitoring through recruitment. In November 2018 we trained 50+ managers at all levels across the business in Unconscious Bias in partnership with ENEI.

An analysis of Directors, senior managers and other employees by gender as at 28 February 2019 is as follows:

Employee communication forums continue to be a key platform in many areas of the business to facilitate two way communication and dialogue on key messages, strategy and performance as well as creating an opportunity for ideas and suggestions from employees to be heard. These forums operate in a variety of ways depending on what is appropriate in the various areas of the business. Due to the success of this model similar forums have been launched or refreshed in additional areas such as Bulmers, Matthew Clark and Bibendum.

Newsletters are published regularly in some areas of the business as a means of sharing internal and operational news. Additionally, employees in some areas of the business have an opportunity to meet with one of our business leaders on a regular basis in a very informal communications forum where they hear a business update, have an opportunity to ask questions and give whatever feedback they would like.

An employee engagement survey was undertaken across many areas of the business in FY2019. This is a great opportunity for employees to share their thoughts and feedback with the business. Participation, while good at 59%, was down on the prior year’s high level of 73% and a focus will be placed on higher participation in FY2020. Following the survey each department has identified areas they would like to see improvement in and work continues in relation to this.

We do not condone and will not knowingly participate in any form of human exploitation, including slavery and people trafficking. We refuse to work with any suppliers or service providers who knowingly participate in such practices or who cannot demonstrate to us sufficient controls to ensure that such practices are not taking place in their supply chains. Our approach is reflected in our Sustainable and Ethical Procurement Policy, which we circulate to suppliers. We also carry out diligence audits and checks on our suppliers to ensure that they have in place and adhere to appropriate ethical policies including our Sustainable Ethical Procurement Policy, with KPI’s for those areas where we believe the potential impact on the Group is material. A process is in place internally to address and remediate any instances of non-conformance with our Sustainable and Ethical Procurement Policy.

A copy of our Anti-Modern Slavery Statement is available on our website.

We have re-launched our Anti-bribery Policy with its accompanying training and communication following the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum.

The Policy and the accompanying training materials are designed to be straightforward and direct so that it is clear to all employees what they may or may not do as part of normal business transactions. The Policy applies to everyone in the Group equally. It is written to ensure that legitimate and honest business transactions can be distinguished from improper and dishonest transactions. This Policy and the accompanying training will be tracked as part of the internal audit monitoring process to monitor understanding and adherence to the Policy. KPI’s have been established for those areas where we believe the potential impact on the Group is material. In 2018, no incidences of bribery or corruption were uncovered across the Group.

The Group takes its responsibilities as a corporate citizen seriously. This includes respecting and complying with local tax laws and paying the required and appropriate levels of tax in the different countries where we operate. We claim the allowances and deductions that we are properly entitled to, for instance, on the investment and employment that we bring to our communities. We benefit from having always been an Irish company, established in the Republic of Ireland’s corporate tax environment, with our major cider production unit located in Clonmel and the Group headquartered in Dublin. The majority of the Group’s profits are earned in the Republic of Ireland and the UK, which both have competitive corporation tax rates compared with the European average. In the Republic of Ireland and the UK, we remit substantial amounts of duty on alcohol production.