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Our Employees

Our Employees

We value and celebrate the diversity of every member of our team. PZ Cussons is committed to a culture where all employees are treated with respect and have the right to expect that their dignity will be fully respected in the workplace.

We are committed to creating an environment in which all employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential and where everyone has a voice, regardless of role, seniority or geography.

Performance management

Managing performance at PZ Cussons is an important part of our everyday way of working.  It is based on overall contribution towards our business objectives aligned to team, function, operating unit and global business strategy, with behaviours assessed against key competencies. Together, these provide a rating which is linked to our reward, global talent and succession planning activity.

We regularly assess our talent and create development plans that emphasise on the job learning including project assignments and secondments.  This approach enables us to offer challenging and exciting careers to develop high potential individuals.

Developing PZ Cussons' talent

As a major employer within emerging economies, we have developed training programmes bespoke to each country, reflecting different cultures and values. Learning is often on the job and managers are active teachers and coaches. We’re also able to benefit from sharing good practise and learning between our territories.

As we move towards a new Group structure, we regularly discuss our critical roles and potential successors that will build a sustainable organisation for the future.  A number of priority training projects have been initiated during the year. Our regional leadership teams in Africa and Asia have participated in team effectiveness workshops.  In Nigeria, over 400 managers attended soft skills and behaviour workshops whilst general managers took part in a master-class focussed on strategic thinking and execution. Following a skills review, our Asia and Europe Supply Chain teams developed a technical skills framework that will increase capability within engineering, planning and scheduling and continuous improvement.

License to Win - The PZ way of selling

People who share our CAN DO values who can compete and win in the marketplaces where we operate are one of our most important assets. To enhance these skills, PZ Cussons has invested in the creation of a Centre of Commercial Excellence with experts in each region. Its primary objective is to design and deliver a state of the art commercial capability curriculum addressing current and potential capability needs across the organisation.

The new bespoke PZ Cussons' curriculum, which covers multiple levels in the commercial function, is called ‘License to Win’ and is equipped with best practices, tools, coaching, follow up and an accreditation system.

Diversity and inclusion

PZ Cussons is an extremely diverse organisation in terms of its ethnic and cultural make-up and this is something that we continue to promote. We employ many different nationalities including Indian, Chinese, Polish, Indonesian, Singaporean, Thai, Greek, Australian, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Kenyan, American and British. We are clear that we want our leadership team to reflect the diversity of the markets in which we function and for that reason we are focussed on developing local talent who understand different cultures. For example, this last year we appointed a Ghanaian MD in our Ghana business.

We do not employ any person below the local legal working age and we will not, in any circumstances, employ anyone below the age of 16.

Human rights

As a responsible company we comply with all employment related legislation and take every reasonable step to ensure that everyone’s rights are both respected and protected within the working environment and in outside situations linked to the working relationship.