People & Rights
As a business, we want to ensure that our policies reflect our commitment to upholding internationally recognised human rights and these policies are aligned with relevant United Nations and International Labour Organisation conventions. Foremost among these is our commitment to no child or forced labour.
All employment with Kerry is voluntary. We do not use child or forced labour in any of our operations or facilities. We do not tolerate any form of unacceptable treatment of workers and we fully respect all applicable laws establishing a minimum age for employment, in order to support the effective abolition of child labour worldwide.
We also set out our position on pay, freedom of association, discrimination and diversity and we extend our standards on these and other labour issues into our supply chain, through our Supplier Code of Conduct. This code sets out the expectations we have of our key business and strategic supply chain partners. You can access our policy on Human Rights and details of other relevant policies are outlined in brief. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
Kerry employs thousands of people around the world and seeks to apply consistent and fair wage and hour practices to all employees. Kerry abides by all laws and regulations regarding pay practices and the classification of employment according to job level and status. Kerry withholds deductions as required by law, including applicable taxes and/or court ordered or enforceable garnishments. We extend these requirements to workers in our Supply Chain through our supplier Code of Conduct and operate a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and forced labour.
Freedom of Association
The success of our business depends on the contribution of every employee in our global enterprise. We are committed to fostering open and inclusive workplaces that are based on recognised workplace human rights, where all employees are valued and inspired to be the best they can be. While Kerry believes that direct dialogue with employees is an effective way to develop an engaged workforce, we respect the right of our employees to freely form and join trade unions and enter into collective bargaining agreements. Kerry also recognises elected employee representatives and dialogue with them regarding important workplace concerns in accordance with customary labour rules and principles.
Kerry treats its employees as individuals independent of gender, race, age, religion, political opinion, social or ethnic origin, economic status, sexual orientation, disability or other status unrelated to the ability to perform the job. Employees’ terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, training, working conditions, compensation, benefits, promotions, discipline, termination or retirement, are based on the individual’s qualifications, performance, motivation, skills and experience.
Harassment Free Workplace
Kerry believes it has a responsibility to provide a working environment free of harassment to all employees. All Kerry Group employees have an important role in preventing harassment, both through our own behaviour and by being alert to the actions of others. Any behaviour which disrespects or discriminates against an employee, or is at odds with our commitment to a respectful and dignified work environment, will not be tolerated. This includes the harassment of any individual or group.
Learning & Development
At Kerry we see the protection of rights as a baseline and as a Group we want to go further. We aspire to develop a culture of high performance and are committed to helping colleagues grow and develop. We believe in people with big ideas and want to encourage learning opportunities. Kerry’s Learning Academy and our HR teams help to deliver structured training and development programmes for employees, through which they can acquire the skills, knowledge and capabilities necessary for further growth within the organisation. Our ‘Best-in-Class’ Graduate Development programme provides an accelerated career path and is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to take on early leadership roles in Kerry. Find out more about our Graduate programme here .