At 31 March 2016, DCC employed 10,540 people. This reflects an overall increase of 8% from the last financial year mainly due to the acquisitions in DCC Energy and DCC Technology, the most significant of which was Butagaz. This employment growth, which is largely in Continental Europe, demonstrates our growing international presence.
Diversity and Equal Opportunities
DCC embraces the benefits of a workforce with diverse skills, qualities and experience. We both recognise and value the variety
of characteristics which make individuals unique. All recruitment, selection and promotion decisions are made on individual merit, in line with our commitment to create an inclusive workplace. The DCC Group policy statement on diversity and equal opportunities applies across the Group and our individual companies continually focus on ways to increase the diversity of our workforce.
Group Talent Programme
We reported over the past two years that we were revising our approach to the development of talent across the DCC Group. We now have a bespoke leadership competency framework which will assist us in the selection, assessment and development of talent and will also be used to implement leadership assessment and development programmes designed to sustain DCC’s high performance.
The DCC Graduate Programme is an integral part of the Group Talent Programme. Over the past five years, as the graduates complete each two year cycle, the programme has begun to achieve its objective of creating a pipeline of high potential, emerging talent.
We completed our sixth recruitment cycle earlier this year and 15 graduates will join us in September 2016, bringing the total number of graduates hired since the programme began in 2011 to 65. We have succeeded in retaining 68% of the graduates who have completed the programme, who are now working in permanent roles across the Group, and 100% of the graduates who are currently within the two year programmes.
Due to the industry diversity of its business sectors, DCC is in a position to offer a uniquely rich and varied graduate programme. During the programme the graduates work on demanding and complex business projects across DCC and through these, and frequent learning modules, they are enabled to make a valuable contribution to the business.
The programme has a new focus on developing graduates’ language skills which has enabled us to increase the number of placements into DCC’s European businesses. This evolving ability to support business needs and the growing reputation of the value of the programme is continuing to impress our business leaders, which reinforces the programme’s ability to continue to offer a superior value proposition to potential DCC graduates.
Across the DCC Group, subsidiaries support charities and local communities by direct financial contributions, fundraising or the provision of particular skills and training.
At a corporate level, DCC plc has committed to supporting Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (‘SEI’) for a further four years to the end of 2019. SEI is an independent, non-profit organisation which identifies and supports social entrepreneurs in growing their ideas from concept to reality, on a national scale.
DCC is the flagship sponsor of the annual selection process which culminates in the announcement of the SEI Awardees in October each year. The founders of FoodCloud, Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward, were SEI Impact Awardees in 2014, and the case study below gives further details on FoodCloud’s activities.