Nurturing Employees

 

 

We are a people-driven organization committed to growing wellness and a high quality of life through healthy working relationships.

 
 
 

Del Monte Philippines CEO Joselito D Campos, Jr visiting cannery staff in Bugo, Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines

We are a people-driven organization committed to growing wellness and a high quality of life through harmonious working relationships with all stakeholders, including customers, employees, business partners and investors. Some 5,600 regular employees of the Company work at our plantation, manufacturing facilities, administrative and marketing offices. About 3,500 are employees based in the Philippines and Singapore.

Given that our employees are our most valuable resource, we are committed to fundamental human rights and adherence to labor standards. The farm and production facilities employ people from surrounding communities in the Philippines. Workers are paid above average rates in the industry and are informed of the terms and conditions of employment prior to their appointment. They undergo medical examinations annually and whenever required. Child and forced labor and any other form of exploitation are not .

Discrimination on the grounds of nationality, ethnicity, religion, age and gender is against the Company’s Code of Business Ethics.

                                          DMPI Leadership Team led by COO Luis F Alejandro

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Field Workers in Bukidnon, Philippines

 

Occupational Health and Safety

We are committed to ensuring our employees’ health and safety. Providing employees with a safe work environment is one of our priorities. We value our employees in a way that makes life better for every member of the organization. Moreover, ensuring the health and safety of our employees reduces costs arising from lost-time injuries and medical leaves. 

We consistently provide safety training to plantation and cannery employees and enforce the use of personal protective equipment required in performing their assigned duties and responsibilities.

DMPI work committees identify potential safety risks and hazards, and devise action plans to mitigate or avoid its occurrence. Safety programs are implemented and process improvements are made to ensure workplace health and safety.

  1. In the Philippines, the Workplace Environment Monitoring program also verifies the company’s compliance with the standards of the OSH of Department of Labor and Employment which includes measurements of workplace’s air quality, noise level, illumination, temperature, relative humidity, vibration and heat stress.
  1. Our managers and supervisors are expected to keep abreast of the workplace’s safety laws and regulations that apply to their areas of responsibility and ensure compliance with these provisions.
  1. Facilities in the Philippines have Emergency Response Teams and Fire Brigade Teams, which are identified and trained for cases of crises and these teams lead the conduct of regular Emergency Preparedness Drills to ensure that all employees are aware of what to do in case of emergencies and natural disasters.
  1. Safety trainings have been extended to our service providers in both the plantation and cannery.
  1. We conduct periodic inspection of trucks and forums on safety and training on defensive driving to help reduce our accident rate in the Philippine cannery and plantation
  1. Our office in Manila - the Jose Y Campos Centre building - was certified LEED Silver by the USBGC for being energy and water efficient and for using safe materials, providing employees with a safe and healthy work environment.
  1. DMPI audits the toll manufacturers regularly for compliance with all laws and regulations governing workplace safety and health, including Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.
  1. Toll manufacturers in the Philippines provide ongoing safety training to all their employees, enforce the use of personal protective equipment required in performing their assigned duties and responsibilities and conduct periodic Work Environment Measurements for noise, illumination, nuisance dust particles and fumes to ensure suitability of work environment.
 
 
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CBA signing with COO Luis F Alejandro and the plantation labor unions in the Philippines

 

Human Rights and Labor Standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”

Anne M Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO

The Company has a Code of Conduct for employees and suppliers that strengthens our commitment to fundamental human rights and adherence to labor standards. DMPI is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange to ensure compliance in the supply chain.

DMPI performs periodic audits of contract manufacturers and certain direct suppliers. Some independent and unannounced audits are used to address quality assurance and compliance issues. Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) councils meet regularly to discuss and decide on issues affecting employees, their families, the Company and the communities where we operate.

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Executive Office, Strategic Planning, Finance and HR Teams

  1. Workers are paid above minimum wage and average rates in the industry, and are informed of the terms and conditions of employment prior to their appointment.
  1. Our farm and production facilities employ people from surrounding communities and they undergo annual physical examinations.
  1. LMCs prepare the groundwork for efficient and swift negotiations between Union and Management, as manifested in the signing of two memorandums of agreements covering enhanced economic and social benefits for about 55% of the total regular employees at the plantation and cannery in the Philippines.
  1. An LMC Day enjoins plantation union members to celebrate ‘wins’, including innovations whose benefits have created benefits beyond their own families.
 
 
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Del Monte Fort office employees

 

Fair Wages and Benefits

Del Monte complements government-mandated privileges for all full-time employees and qualified dependents with a broad range of free medical and dental services, a comprehensive retirement package and voluntary plans for providential and insurance benefits.

Memorandums of agreement with the labor unions stipulate wage increases and enhancements in benefits for farm and factory workers from year to .

  1. DMPI employee benefits include:
    1. Savings plans
    2. Life insurance
    3. Employee assistance programs
    4. Medical, dental and vision insurance
    5. Paid time-off for vacation and holiday
    6. Short and long-term disability insurance
  1. Plantation employees live with their families in Group-owned houses and dormitories (for unmarried employees).
  1. Employee-organized cooperatives provide our workers with services that enhance economic benefits for their families. Cooperative members enjoy annual dividends and patronage refunds.
  1. Children of cannery employees enjoy free year-round weekend tutorials in basketball and, as scheduled, other sports (tennis, swimming, martial arts) and creative skills (photography, theatre arts). Core values are introduced through learning exposure that helps them grow a strong sense of community and family life.
 
 
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DMPI employees in Fort Office

 

Employee Engagement

 

 

 

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.”

Betty Bender, Author

Building a culture of engagement is a continuing journey. It requires commitment from everyone in the organization. The Company involves employees in various activities that promote a healthy work-life integration. The Group’s commitment to engagement is a journey worth taking. It is one way we nourish our employees, enrich lives, every day.

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Del Monte runners club

  1. In December 2016, the Employee Council in Cabuyao Plant in the Philippines was established to provide a venue for employees and management to have the opportunity to promote a thriving and healthy work environment in the Philippines.
  1. Del Monte in the Philippines believes that Engagement is everyone’s responsibility. To understand the Company’s strengths and areas for improvement, we partnered with Gallup and conducted a survey which garnered 96% participation rate amongst the business units.
  1. “Our Voice, Our Choice” survey allowed them to closely look at the critical elements that enable employee engagement. It captured employee feedback for the Company which was beneficial in creating an environment that fosters employee engagement. It also allowed the Company to educate managers on how engagement is created, measured, and sustained amongst their teams.
  1. Employee Engagement is one of DMPI’s key priorities. This survey becomes the basis for action plans to continuously engage employees. The results show a great opportunity to further increase employee engagement.
  1. As a way to improve employee communication, our Human Resources Department in the Philippines has enhanced our online HR Information System called MyHR, utilizing technology for fast and accurate employment transactions. Other employee engagement initiatives by the company are the “Montee” stores where employees can purchase DMPL products at a discount.

  2. We extensively cascaded our Del Monte CHOICE Values to employees across all levels (from Operating Committee [OPCOM] to Rank & File), locations and divisions. Crowdsourced data from the series of Cascades are analyzed and used as reference in enhancing or designing our people programs, strategies and initiatives to drive employee engagement, e.g. “Leaders As People Development Partners Workshop,” etc.
  1. Employee engagement activities conducted by the HR Department in the Philippines include social gatherings, Team Building, Christmas Party, Fun Day and Sports Fest, amongst others.

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Birthday celebration of employees

 

Well-being and Work-life Integration

Del Monte helps employees integrate their work with their personal lives. Providing employees programs that help balance their work and family life will assist the Company and employees in fulfilling their goals both inside and outside work.

The Company launched several programs to improve employees’ work-life integration such as sports and family events, movie nights, educational talks and symposiums, pre-retirement seminars and trainings on health and safety.

  1. Various sports and exercise activities such as Running, Zumba, Yoga, Crossfit and other sporting events are sponsored by the Company. The Company has also provided summer programs for employees’ dependents.
  1. The Company sponsors events such as Summer Outing, DMPI Day, Halloween, and “Tigum Sa Pasko” at Christmas, where employees can bring their families to these events.
  1. To help employees know their benefits, speakers from the government agencies such as Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Home Development Mutual Fund are invited to give an update on the latest benefits and offerings they have.
  1. Financial Wellness Brown Bag sessions enable employees to manage their finances and prepare for a more secure and financially-rewarding future.
  1. To emphasize our mission on Health and Wellness, the Company provides educational sessions on proper nutrition and balanced diet. In addition, several symposiums focusing on lifestyle diseases are held to increase awareness and how to combat these diseases.
  1. The Company sponsors a series of Pre-Retirement Seminars to help near-retiring employees holistically prepare for their retirement. The program enables participants to effectively plan and manage the key stages of the transition process and make more informed decisions for a secure and rewarding retirement. Employees with a partner jointly take a serious look at the necessary adjustments when the employee finally retires from the Company.
  1. To celebrate Women’s month, the Company holds a series of symposiums on women empowerment and improving women’s confidence.
  1. We hold movie nights for employees where movies are shown at the end of the week to help relieve stress.
 
 
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Finance training session

 
  1. Talent Management

    “We choose to be excellent in everything we do.” This is DMPI’s commitment, embedded in our CHOICE Values, in building our employees’ competencies to better equip them for the future.

    Del Monte’s “Roadmap to Global Competitiveness” in the Philippines starts with building on the capabilities of each employee on the ground with the Centre of Excellence on Talent Management. We have developed a competency framework for key leaders at the plantation, cannery and marketing that will guide their teams towards achieving the Company’s strategic roadmap. The framework pinpoints the specific technical and operational skill set each team member must develop to deliver high performance.   

    1. DMPI’s GR8 (Great) Del Monte Leadership Competency Model serves as our guide in developing our leaders, to enable them to coach and collaboratively lead teams towards achieving the Company’s operational and business goals. We balance the leadership equation by developing Del Monte Leaders who are not only competent but also serve as models who live out our Del Monte CHOICE (Core Values).
    1. Each Competency Framework also serves as a foundation for broad-range people programs on recruitment, learning, career development, succession planning and performance management.
    1. Fully supported by a powerhouse OPCOM corporate faculty, our in-house Basic Management Program aims to broaden and sharpen our managers’ perspective and understanding of the business, enables them to adapt to dynamic business situations, and manage effects of business volatility and changes to people, process, culture and mindset.
    1. The Company’s Moving Up to Supervision Series aims to equip our young leaders with basic leadership skills that allow them to effectively perform their new role as people managers. These weekly classroom sessions complement formal technical trainings, coaching/mentoring and intensive on-the-job experience provided via structured Cannery Operations and Plantation Operations Supervisory Training Programs.
    1. The Company’s average training hours increased by 25% versus last year. This covers leadership and business training, culture-build, technical and regulatory training programs.

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    Del Monte Leadership Team in the Philippines led by Luis F Alejandro, Chief Operating Officer

    Del Monte Pacific Limited (DMPL) is a people-driven organisation committed to health and wellness, reinforcing safety and well-being especially during the pandemic. Close to 5,800 full-time regular employees of the Group work at our plantation, manufacturing facilities, administrative and marketing offices across locations. About 4,300 are employees based in the Philippines and Singapore, while about 1,500 regular employees work in the United States and Mexico.

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    Joselito D Campos Jr, Del Monte Pacific Chief Executive Officer, visiting line workers in the Bugo cannery

     Occupational Health and Safety

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    Our workforce in the US complying with safety protocols

     

    Because we value the safety of every member of the organisation, work committees identify potential safety risks and devise action plans to mitigate or avoid them. Safety programmes are implemented and process improvements are likewise made.

    1. Refer to “Employee Health and Safety” under our Pandemic Response section on page 71 of our FY2020 Annual Report.

    2. In FY2020, the Group’s Total Incident Rate (TIR) is 0.87and total injuries were reduced by 3% vs prior period.  DMFI TIR is below the most recent Bureau of Labour Statistics (2015) TIR of 5.2 for the fruit and vegetable canning industry.  DMPI Manufacturing TIR is also below that of the Philippine Statistics Authority (2015) TIR data of 4.25 for the manufacturing sector.

    3. DMPL facilities in the US and the Philippines have emergency response teams and plans in case of crisis. They conduct regular Emergency Preparedness Drills to prepare all employees for emergencies and natural disasters.
     
    4.DMPI conducted the mandatory 8-hour workplace health and safety orientation for employees and service providers in all its facilities in compliance with the safety regulation of the Department of Labour and Employment.

     5. Our managers and supervisors ensure compliance with relevant workplace safety laws and regulations.

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    Workers sorting fruits in a peach plant in the US

    6. DMPI audits its toll manufacturers regularly for compliance with all laws and regulations governing the workplace, including Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.

     

    7. The Bottling Plant conducted a First Aid Training to ensure that the plant is ready in case of medical emergency.

     

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    DMPI employees in Bugo cannery wearing PPEs and practicing social distancing

     

    Human Rights and Labour Standards

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    Employees in the US with Greg Longstreet, Del Monte Foods Chief Executive Officer

     

    With regard to human rights and labour standards, the Group has a Code of Conduct for employees and suppliers. Both Del Monte Foods, Inc (DMFI) and Del Monte Philippines, Inc (DMPI) are members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. Discrimination on the grounds of nationality, ethnicity, religion, age and gender are not in line with the Group’s Code of Business Ethics.

     

    1. DMFI established a Diversity Leadership Council to influence and provide thought leadership in building a more diverse and inclusive company, where every person is respected, valued, and can bring their best self to work. We call this Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DI&B).

     

    1. Del Monte in the US made a donation to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and National Black Farmers Association.

     

    1. Both companies in the US and the Philippines have seasonal and staff position employees who are part of labour unions.
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      CBA signing with Luis F Alejandro, Chief Operating Officer, Frank T Molas, Mindanao Operations Head, and the cannery and plantation labour unions
    1. In the past few years, the number of women in senior leadership roles increased to 37% in FY2020. Similarly, the number of diverse employees in DMFI senior leadership increased from 18% to 42%.

     

    1. Del Monte has a Human Rights policy that is in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Core Convention on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Please refer to pages 38-3938-39 of our Sustainability Report for more details.

     

    1. DMPI performs periodic audits of contract manufacturers and suppliers. Some independent and unannounced audits are used to address compliance issues.

     

    1. Labour-Management Cooperation (LMC) councils meet regularly to decide on issues affecting employees, their families, the Company and the communities where we operate.

     

    1. The Company pays workers above minimum wage and average industry rates and informs them about the terms and conditions of employment prior to their appointment.

     

    1. Our farm and production facilities employ people from surrounding communities and they undergo annual physical examination.

     

    1. LMCs prepare the groundwork for negotiations between union and Management.

     

     

    Fair Wages and Benefits

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    Del Monte Leadership team in the USA led by Greg Longstreet, DMFI Chief Executive Officer, with Luis F Alejandro, DMPL Chief Operating Officer

     

    We are also committed that employees get fair wages and benefits. Del Monte complements government-mandated privileges for all full-time employees and qualified dependents with a broad range of benefits such as a comprehensive retirement package, vacation and sick leaves, and insurance benefits.

    1. DMFI designs employeexthat provide employees the ability to select a package of coverage that meets their unique needs and their dependents.

    2. We offer additional benefits that help our employees improve their quality of life, including an adoption assistance programme, community service day allocation (one volunteer day time-off per year), product donations and floating holidays (at designated locations).

      DMFI employees at an event

    DMFI employees at an event

     

    1. In the Philippines, Del Monte provides benefits better than the minimum prescribed by the Department of Labour and Employment.

     

    1. Memorandums of agreement with the labour unions in the Philippines stipulate wage increases and enhancements in benefits for farm and factory workers from year to year.

     

    1. Plantation employees live with their families in about 1,300 Group-owned houses and 22 dormitories for unmarried employees.

     

    1. Employee-organised cooperatives provide our workers with services that enhance economic benefits for their families such as annual dividends.

     

    1. Children of cannery employees enjoy free year-round weekend tutorials in sports - basketball, tennis, swimming, martial arts - and creative skills - photography, theatre arts.

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    Plantation Agri Research Team with Dr Reynato P Umali, Senior Manager, Plantation Agri Research

     

     

    Employee Engagement

    DMFI Food ServiceDel Monte Foodservice team in the USA collaborating with a food bank to pack donated foods

     

    We strive to build a culture of engagement across the organisation.

     

    1. Our US facilities and corporate employees are actively involved in contributing time and money to organisations that focus on farm advocacy, feeding programmes, environmental stewardship, disaster relief, education and youth activities.

     

    1. DMPI established the Employee Council in Cabuyao Bottling Plant to provide a venue for discourse on thriving and healthy work environment in the Philippines.

    SWPF Book DonationS&W Singapore employees’ book donation drive for a library in Bukidnon, Philippines

     

    1. Our enhanced online HR Information System, SAP SuccessFactors, enable fast and accurate employment transactions.

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      4. Through the Foundation, employees in the Philippines raised funds for the victims of the Taal volcano that erupted in January 2020.

  1. We also collaborated with Rise Against Hunger Philippines by contributing products to its feeding programme in Taguig, Philippines.
  2. Other employee engagement initiatives include the cooperative stores in the plantation where employees can purchase company products at a discount.
  3. We cascaded our Del Monte CHOICE Values to employees across all levels, locations and divisions.
  4. The Human Resources Department conducts employee engagement activities such as social gatherings, Teambuilding, Fun Day, Sports Fest and Christmas Party.



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R&D and Quality Assurance team with Ma Bella B Javier, Chief Scientific Officer



 

Well-Being and Work-Life Integration

Bike DayEmployees in the US participate in DMFI’s annual “Bike-to-Work” Day

 

The Group promotes work-life integration to ensure the employees’ well-being, mental health and productivity. 

 

  1. DMFI creates a welcoming workplace to maintain a healthy work-life balance. 
  1. The Company supports wellness programmes to enhance the employees’ well-being.
  2. The Company sponsors employees in pursuit of healthier lifestyles and provides financial assistance for health and well-being programmes.

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Del Monte employees in Singapore participating in yoga exercises led by S&W General Manager Tan Chooi Khim

 

  1. The Company sets up various sports and exercise activities such as running, zumba and yoga. We also provide summer programmes for employees’ dependents.

 

 

  1. The Company sponsors events such as Summer Outing, DMPI Day, Halloween and “Tigum Sa Pasko” (Christmas assembly), where employees can bring their families.

 

  1. The Company conducts a series of Pre-Retirement Seminars to help near-retiring employees effectively plan and manage the key stages of the transition process and make more informed decisions for a secure and rewarding retirement.

 

 

 

Talent Management

HRDel Monte Leadership team in the Philippines led by Luis F Alejandro, Chief Operating Officer, during their GR8 (Great) Del Monte Leadership Competency workshop

We nurture our employees through training by building on the capabilities of each employee in line with one of our core values – Championing Together. Del Monte in the Philippines developed a competency framework for key leaders that guide their teams towards achieving the Company’s strategic roadmap.

  1. The Group’s average training hours per employee for FY2020 was 20.8 hours per employee, lower than previous year due to social distancing and mass gathering regulations implemented by the government.

 

  1. DMFI offers an Education Assistance Programme to help employees enhance their careers.

 

  1. Some types of DMFI training are:
    1. Internal learning opportunities, wherein managers work closely with employees
    2. External programmes and professional certifications, supported via seminars, conferences or other specialised workshops
    3. External university courses through the Del Monte Employee Education Assistance Programme.

 

  1. The Company has a management succession plan to ensure that trained candidates can assume responsibilities of key management positions in the event of vacancy.
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Del Monte Managers attending the GR8 Leadership Workshop in Manila and Mindanao

  1. DMPI’s GR8 (Great) Del Monte Leadership Competency Model works as our guide in enabling our leaders to coach and collaboratively lead teams towards achieving the Company’s operational and business goals.

 

  1. Each Competency Framework also serves as a foundation for broad-range people programmes on recruitment, learning, career development, succession planning and performance management.
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Corporate Human Resources Team with Ruiz G Salazar, Chief Human Resource Officer, and Gerard P G Bautista, HR Head

 

  1. Fully supported by an OPCOM Corporate Faculty, our in-house Basic Management Programme enables managers to adapt to dynamic business situations and changes to people, process, culture and mindset.

 

  1. The Company’s Moving Up to Supervision Series complement formal technical training, coaching and intensive on-the-job experience provided via structured Cannery Operations and Plantation Operations Supervisory Training Programmes.

 

  1. We cascaded the new Performance Management Development System to managers and up with direct reports.

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Del Monte LeaderSHIFT Development Series for identified Emerging Leaders in Mindanao

 

 

Managers from various Del Monte divisions

Managers from various Del Monte divisions in the Philippines participated in the Basic Del Monte Management Program

 

 

Supply Chain team with Amante A Aguilar, Supply Chain Head

Supply Chain team with Amante A Aguilar, Supply Chain Head

 

*For more information on Employee Health and Safety regarding our pandemic response, please refer to page 71 of our FY2020 Annual Report