At 31 March 2018, DCC employed 11,146 people. This reflects an overall increase of 5.7% from the last financial year mainly due to the acquisitions in Asia and the USA. This employment growth demonstrates our growing international presence.
An analysis of DCC employment by division and by geographic area is as follows:
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.
Graduate Recruitment 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.
The Group Compliance function provides support for leadership teams across the Group to ensure that all our activities are conducted in a compliant and ethical manner. Our Code of Conduct sets out our commitment to high standards of business conduct. It provides practical guidance for employees of the DCC group on a range of areas including competition law, anti-bribery and the protection of personal information.
Our Code of Conduct outlines the standards that are expected of directors, managers and employees across the Group in a range of areas, including anti-bribery and corruption, supply chain integrity, the protection of personal information and competition law. This Code also explains how employees can ask questions about compliance issues and raise concerns if they believe that something wrong is happening, including through a confidential and independent service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. A copy of the Code is provided to every employee when they join.
Following an application made in late 2017, DCC was recognised by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® in 2018. This is the fourth year that DCC has achieved this certification. It reflects our commitment to high standards of business conduct and how that commitment is translated into practice through our compliance policies and procedures.