At 31 March 2012, DCC employed 8,868 people across the Group, approximately 90% of whom are in permanent employment. This figure has increased by approximately 10% from the prior year due to a number of recent acquisitions, in particular the acquisitions by DCC Energy of Maxol Direct, Pace and Butler Fuels in the UK and Swea Energi in Sweden and the acquisition by DCC Environmental of Oakwood Fuels in the UK.
An analysis of DCC employment by division and by geography is as follows:
Graduate Recruitment Programme
The DCC Graduate Programme was put in place to support the development of a pipeline of senior executives who can grow and develop into international business leaders in the future. This two year programme commenced in September 2011 with the first intake of graduates. The 2011 graduates are currently progressing through the rotations within the programme which are designed to expose them to diverse sectors and businesses. To date feedback on the 2011 programme has been very positive, from the perspective of both the participating companies and the graduates. Projects which the graduates have been involved in include:
- research and review of a warehouse picking technology product to evaluate its potential business value and benefits, including the ease and viability of implementation;
- marketing and sales support activities, including depot and stakeholder engagement and creation of marketing materials and campaigns;
- management of 15 networking vendors by creating and executing marketing plans based on specific budgets.
Given the success of the 2011 programme we have hired another tranche of graduates for commencement in September 2012, also on a two year rotational programme.
DCC published Business Conduct Guidelines in 2011. These record the values of openness, honesty, trust, respect and accountability that are vital to the success of any organisation and provide more detailed guidelines for our employees on specific aspects of business ethics. The Guidelines have been circulated to employees across the Group and are available on our website. We will be taking further steps during the current year, including as part of our Group compliance programme, to ensure that awareness and use of the Guidelines remains strong across the Group.
The DCC Whistleblowing Policy provides a clear mechanism for employee reporting of malpractice or misconduct within the organisation.
Following the enactment of the Bribery Act 2010 in the UK, training workshops were held in August and September 2011 for all UK subsidiaries. Subsequently all Group subsidiaries completed a standard risk assessment to provide information on existing bribery policies and procedures, which were used to finalise anti bribery and corruption policies for each subsidiary. Gifts and hospitality registers were also put in place at both subsidiary and corporate level. The DCC Group Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy was approved by the Board in November 2011 and is on our website.