Home' Nufarm Annual Report : Nufarm Sustainability Report 2016 Contents This year Nufarm employed a total of
3,257 people across five regions, 85
per cent of our people are permanent
employees, and of these, close to two
per cent work in a part-time capacity.
Women in non-permanent roles form
just under two per cent of our global
workforce. Throughout a normal year
we employ casual staff to respond
to the peak manufacturing months;
the seasonal workers can increase
our total workforce by up to three
per cent at any one time.
Diversity and inclusion
Our work on diversity and inclusion
highlights how we contribute to the
sustainable growth of our business
through the development of talent
and culture across all regions.
Our renewed commitment to our
2015 diversity policy supports the
Nufarm values of responsibility,
agility, respect and empowerment.
Our objective is to embed this policy
into the Nufarm culture.
Women at Nufarm
This year 23 per cent of Nufarm’s
employees, including permanent and
temporary employees, were female.
Although the total percentage of
female employees appears to have
declined since last year, this is due
to the previous omission of non-
permanent employees, which, for
completeness, we have reported
this year. If we compare the number
of permanent employees year on
year, 2016 has seen an increase
from 24 per cent to 25 per cent
of permanent females.
Our sales function is our second-largest
department and traditionally an area
that attracts more men. Through
targeted initiatives Nufarm has
successfully increased the proportion
of women in sales by two per cent
this year. We have also increased our
female participation in the corporate
functional group by 20 per cent
Figure 10 (page 24) shows the split
of women and men working at Nufarm
by function. This year we changed
our operating model and some of the
previously reported functional areas
have been updated to match the new
organisational structure. This has
impacted the female participation in
some of these functions. Due to these
changes it is not possible to compare
the female participation rate to last
year in all departments. However,
2016 establishes a new baseline
for comparisons going forward.
In Europe, Nufarm has targeted
diversity through union agreements to
bring focus and action to gender and
pay equity between men and women.
This is delivering positive results with
a 24 per cent female representation
this year, up from 19 per cent in 2015.
In North America, we are also making
good progress in improving our gender
balance, with female participation five
per cent higher than last year. The
introduction of greater flexible working
arrangements into the Australian
business has seen an improvement
in the attraction and retention of
employees with caring responsibilities;
with the majority of these roles filled
Nufarm supplies products in more
than 100 countries across five business
regions. Each region represents a
sizeable percentage of our employees.
This global footprint provides us with
the opportunity to build a culturally
diverse workforce. We employ local
people where we operate in both
leadership and team roles and they
enrich Nufarm with their unique
perspectives and cultures as they
join the broader global team.
Nufarm has developed both cross-
regional and cross-functional teams
to undertake major business
improvement projects. To support
these projects, an online program
was implemented to develop our
senior leaders and introduce them
to similar functions in other regions.
Nufarm has a diverse leadership
team that reflects the global nature
of our business, with six different
Figure 8: Permanent and
Figure 9: Gender of permanent
full time and part time employees
1. 80 per cent of part time roles are
filled by females.
Our people and culture are central to the success of our business. In 2016 we have continued
to work towards the development of a culturally diverse workforce.
NUFARM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2016
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