People and communities

Our people

At 31 March 2017, 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.

DCC Employment by division

X-axis Value Color code
DCC LPG 19% #00b8d4
DCC Retail & Oil 35% #c3f5ff
DCC Healthcare 20% #18ffff
DCC Technology 25% #0097a7
DCC Corporate 1% #b2ebf2

DCC employment by geographic area

X-axis Value Color code
UK 70% #0d47a1
Continental Europe 19% #1e88e5
Ireland 10% #64b5f6
Other 1% #bbdefb

Diversity and equal opportunity

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.

Graduate programme

The DCC Graduate Programme is an integral part of the Group Talent Programme. Over the past six 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.

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 businesses located in continental Europe. 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’) 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.

Case study: FoodCloud

FoodCloud founders: Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’BrienFoodCloud founders: Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien

FoodCloud is a social enterprise that has developed a unique solution that connects businesses with surplus food with charities in their local community that need it through a technology platform. Participating businesses upload details of their surplus food and the time period in which the food can be collected. This goes as a text message to a local charity to inform them of the available food. The charity then collects this perfectly good food and gets it to people who need it.

Food redistribution, which means diverting surplus food that is perfectly fit for human consumption, has been put forward as one of the best win-win solutions for reducing wasted food. It is a business-friendly, environmentally sensitive and socially-responsible alternative to wasting good food.

To date, FoodCloud has redistributed the equivalent of over 12 million meals to charities in Ireland and the UK.