Corporate social responsibility at Apetit is based on a commonoperating policy and on shared values: responsible operations, bold renewal and success through cooperation. Apetit’s practices are guided by the principles of its equality plan.

Apetit’s personnel strategy focuses on creating a safe and encouraging work atmosphere, developing competence as well as enabling inspiring and goal-oriented leadership and a bold corporate culture that enables experiments. Each employee should be familiar with the goals of their work and should be able to make use of their strengths and skills in their job. It is important that Apetit’s employees can work in an encouraging and inspiring work  atmosphere with rewarding tasks that they find meaningful.

At the end of 2021, Apetit had 376 employees, 94 per cent of them in Finland. In full-time equivalents, the average number of personnel was 337. Apetit does not use external labour, such as leased employees, to a significant extent. The number of employees at Apetit’s Säkylä plant varies during the year based on the harvest season. The number of temporary employees increases for a period of about six months in the harvest season. During this season, the number of employees at the plant is approximately 30 per cent higher than normally. There were two part-time employees employed by the Group during 2021.

Subcontractors were used in construction projects that were being carried out in the industrial areas during the reporting period. All Apetit’s employees are covered by collective agreements. Upper-level staff have a basic agreement. Apetit complies with the Finnish Collective Agreements Act and trade union agreements in all personnel-related matters.

Competence development

One of the most important goals of personnel development is ensuring sufficient and  0ptimal talent. Key skills for Apetit’s employees include a customer-focused approach, production and product development skills, project management capabilities and the ability to achieve actual results. The Group develops competence with an internal online learning environment and external training, for example.

All office employees are covered by personal development appraisals. A large share of employees have personal development appraisals individually or in a group. During the reporting period, 91 per cent of  performance appraisals were conducted.

Employee satisfaction

Apetit monitors well-being at work and employee satisfaction by means of a Group-wide well-being at work survey, for  example. In the survey, the personnel assess their experiences of personal well-being at  work, the work atmosphere, safety at work, social support and supervisory work.

In the survey conducted in March 2021, average employee satisfaction was 4.0 (2020: 3.9). According to the results, the Group’s strengths include the fact that the employees feel that work being carried out in the company is meaningful and that their roles and responsibilities are clear. Regular feedback on work was identified as an area requiring development.