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 7,500 dairy farmers from all over Germany and around 7,700 employees more than 20 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 >


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. DMK succeeded in improving its payments significantly compared to competitors in 2017, the milk price for the year, including all average premiums and the dividend, was 36.29 eurocents per kilo, meaning that the company once more exceeded the German average.

Field of Action: employer

It is DMK's goal to be a top employer in the food industry. Focus magazine once more awarded the DMK Group a top position as one of the best employers in Germany in 2017 - for the sixth time running. In particular, employees repeatedly emphasise interesting tasks, solidarity among colleagues, the friendly working atmosphere and the social security-related benefits. Employee satisfaction is also promoted by campaigns to support employees' health and their personal concerns. For example, DMK offers employees psycho-social advice from experts free of charge. A core topic remains the compatibility of work and family life, where DMK provides practical support in childcare and home eldercare amongst other areas. Here, employees are increasingly using the backup service, which can help out at short notice when the regular carer is unavailable. To us, diversity means enabling people of different origins and from all age groups and cultural backgrounds to obtain skilled employment with.

Field of action: occupational health & safety

A further focal area is occupational health and safety in our factories, which aims to further reduce accident figures.


This has proved very successful in recent years. Our goal is to have no more accidents at our sites. The health and safety of all employees is given high priority at DMK. DMK works solely with service providers who undertake to comply with the currently valid framework conditions on safety, environmental protection, fire protection and hygiene. Trained coordinators implement DMK's external company management policy at the sites. DMK gives all external companies contract-related inductions into site-specific risks and rules. Top priority goes to accident avoidance and  the economical use of resources.



DMK Starter Academy
Successful accident prevention

15 percent of DMK's employees are currently less than 30 years old (2017). 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. The number of SSF accidents (stumbles, slips and falls) was reduced by 15 percent in 2017, days' absence due to this area by as much as 23 percent

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. In the year 2018, the focus is on the frequency of accidents when handling machines and tools.