We believe in caring for our people and empowering them to reach their personal potential
The founding vision for Benchmark was to build a profitable, thriving and ethical company where employees feel inspired, valued and motivated to come to work.
Our people are our most important asset and we believe in investing in them and the communities around us by building long-term relationships based on mutual respect, trust and benefit.
We employ people from 42 different nationalities, covering a diverse range of languages, cultures and customs. We are committed to continuously attracting and retaining people of the highest calibre and creating a working environment where they feel inspired to drive our impact and growth.
Striving for equality, diversity and inclusion
We believe in transparency and strive to attract a diverse workforce and provide equal opportunities throughout the business. In 2018, we welcomed the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting in the UK as a positive step for diversity, gender equality and increased transparency. We valued the conversations and momentum this brought and as a result we have widened our reach and reported figures globally.
Download our 2019 Gender Pay Gap report
Our culture as a business is defined by our shared values.
Health & Safety for All
Our message about health and safety at work is simple: every employee has the right to go home unharmed and every one of us is responsible for ensuring that we do.
Our network of Health, Safety and Environmental representatives embedded through the business continue to work closely with Andy Baker, Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager, to monitor and improve health and safety across the Group.
Every employee is required to sign up to our commitment to health and safety. This is supported and reinforced throughout the year via training and initiatives with a focus on effective corrective and preventative action. Additionally, safety representatives at every facility meet on a monthly conference call to review performance and drive best practices.
The consequence has been a 40% reduction in the Group’s accident rate with a notable achievement across our farm sites who throughout the year collectively reduced their accident rate by 50%.
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Benchmarking our progress
In May 2019 in collaboration with ‘People Insights’, we carried out our first annual employee survey which provided us with baseline data from which to measure and track progress year on year.Read more
Promoting positive mental health
We want to break down the taboos around mental health in the workplace and create a working environment where everyone feels comfortable and supported in looking after their mental wellbeing.Read more
Our Commitment to Health & Safety
Every employee expects to return home from work unharmed and we believe that this responsibility is down to all of us.Read more
Global Health, Safety & Wellbeing Day
Every year across the company we hold an international Health, Safety and Wellbeing Day.Read more