Our management approach

Our 2020Vision involves focusing on technological innovation that will help us unlock and commercialise the potential of biochemical extracts, microfibrils, nanocelllose fibres and cellulose nanocrystals found in wood.

In order to make this shift successfully, our priority is a diverse, engaged workforce who understand the world of tomorrow so that we position ourselves to take advantage of future trends in order to grow and prosper. Accordingly, we continue to invest in our people so that we are able to create and seize opportunities.

The cornerstone of this approach is making resources available to enable our people to grow intellectually and bring new ideas to fruition. Our aim is to create an environment where we can live up to our values of doing business with integrity and courage; making smart decisions which we execute with speed. Our values are underpinned by an unrelenting focus on and commitment to safety.

Diversity – a key driver

The total number of employees has stayed fairly constant over the last three years (2017: 12,778; 2016: 12,000; 2015: 12,800). A diverse workplace generates different skill sets and backgrounds, as well as unique ways of doing things and divergent ways of thinking innovatively. These in turn enhance our ability to service diverse, rapidly evolving global markets. We celebrate our differences in human capital and strive to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment; acknowledging and accepting differences among our people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, race, sexual orientation and spiritual practice. We view diversity as a key driver that enhances our competitiveness and sustainability.

The gender split continues to remain fairly constant, with 2,438 females and 10,207 males making up our workforce (2017: 2,408 females, 10,370 males). Females tend to be under- represented in our workforce due to the nature of our operations ie a demanding manufacturing environment which involves shift work. Line management are mandated to facilitate the employment of females.

Language diversity

Although English is the primary language used throughout the group, key communication materials are disseminated in the prevailing languages of each region.

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