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DMK 2020: Team

Committed and motivated dairy farmers and employees are both equally essential to DMK GROUP's entrepreneurial success. Our team – that's more than 8,600 dairy farmers from all over Germany and around 7,200 employees at 25 sites. In our cooperative-based company, the dairy farmers have a significant influence. And the employees play a crucial role in the dynamic market environment. Satisfaction in the team, the opportunity for training and continuing professional development, promotion of diversity and a high value for elected office and voluntary contributions – we want to create these things for dairy farmers and employees.

 Overview of DMK 2020 >

Satisfaction

Committed and motivated dairy farmers and employees are the foundation of our business success. Many aspects contribute to satisfaction. DMK strives to increase satisfaction further and promote it, even in times of changing market conditions.  Satisfaction depends just as much on competitive milk prices as on our values-based corporate culture. It is DMK's goal to be a top employer in the food industry. In addition, we give occupational health and safety a high priority in our factories in order to further reduce accident figures. We have done so very successfully in recent years. 

Education

Dairy farmers and employees are ambassadors for DMK's values and corporate philosophy. We therefore provide training on key topics regularly, raise awareness of important issues and offer extensive opportunities for continuing personal and professional development. For example, the dairy farmers have received intensive information and training in the past few years relating to all topics covered by the Milkmaster Programme. The Starter Academy is an important inspiration for employees, particularly young managers. 

Diversity

To us, diversity means enabling people of different origins and from all age groups and cultural backgrounds to obtain skilled employment with prospects in an attractive professional environment. In 2014, for example, DMK made an agreement on the full integration of severely handicapped employees and voluntarily adopted the goal of employing seven percent severely handicapped people (2016: 6.8 percent). At present, there are  hearing-impaired people working at the Georgsmarienhütte site. The number of jobs for them was increased by targeted action. DMK would also like to champion the attractiveness of agricultural professions.

Elected office/voluntary work

As a regional company, we want to strengthen cohesion in the regions. DMK therefore promotes employees' voluntary commitments and the election of its dairy farmers to office in the cooperative's executive bodies (Board of Management, Advisory Board, Supervisory Board, members' representatives). More than ten years ago, DMK established the "Young Dairy Farmers' Working Group" to generate enthusiasm for elected office at DMK among young farmers as early as possible. This platform supports young talents from the start of their professional careers and familiarises them with the company, the cooperative and hot topics in the dairy industry, for example by running excursions.

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Team

Diversity

To us, diversity means enabling people of different origins and from all age groups and cultural backgrounds to obtain skilled employment with prospects in an attractive professional environment. In 2014, for example, DMK made an agreement on the full integration of severely handicapped employees and voluntarily adopted the goal of employing seven percent severely handicapped people (2016: 6.8 percent). At present, there are  hearing-impaired people working at the Georgsmarienhütte site. The number of jobs for them was increased by targeted action. DMK would also like to champion the attractiveness of agricultural professions.

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Team

DMK Starter Academy
Successful accident prevention
18 percent of DMK's employees are currently less than 30 years old (2015). The company takes a very keen interest in training young future executives. The DMK Starter Academy for young in-house talents and trainees was therefore initiated in 2013. The focus lies on the individual development of interpersonal skills. Over a period of 18 months, two-to three-day training courses as well as events and factory tours are held.

In addition, the programme promotes network-building and expands horizons. In 2014, 34 employees participated in the Starter Academy, another group started in January 2015. In the course of its increased internationalisation, DMK is currently reviewing the implementation of a bilingual programme. 
Occupational health and safety is important to us. Together with its employees, DMK is committed to promoting safe and healthy workplaces. In the context of DMK 2020, the number of accidents is to be reduced to zero by 2020. For this purpose, occupational health and safety experts have worked out the key areas where accidents occur. Five working groups analysed the causes of accidents and prescribed measures for preventing accidents in future. DMK was able to reduce the number of accidents by just under eight percent within a year by the systematic implementation of these measures. The accident figures have fallen in precisely those areas which had previously been identified as key areas. The contribution made by managers was particularly important, with their role model function, praise for exemplary conduct by the employees and addressing unsafe actions featuring most prominently.