Supporting the health of our employees

Our ambition is for all our people to be healthy, have a balanced life and go home safely every day, everywhere. As part of our health, safety and wellbeing approach here are some of the activities we undertake to promote and support the health of our employees.
  • Healthy Minds

  • Health support

  • ‘Better You’ digital platform

  • Site-specific activities

Healthy Minds

We want to ensure a mentally healthy Fonterra family and foster an environment where we can have genuine conversations around mental wellbeing.​ When we talk about our Fonterra family, it’s not just our people, it’s also our farmers, their families and our communities. 

We’ve partnered with AFL Premiership player and founder of PukaUp, Wayne Schwass, as well as Black Dog Institute to help facilitate conversation around mental health.  We’ve held community forums in each of our regions to educate our people, our farmers and the community about mental wellbeing. ​ We also offer our people and our farmers free access to EAP, which supports peoples physical, social and psychological well-being.​

And, we're rolling out a peer-delivered mental health literacy program for our workplace which aims to give people the skills to identify the signs when people are struggling with their mental health, and give them the confidence to step in and help.​

Health support

Across all our sites, employee have access to Health Coaches via our partnership with Healthy Business Partners. This onsite service provides our people with confidential health and wellbeing support on a range of topics from strains and sprains, fatigue, diet and nutrition, weight loss and mental health support.

Health Care plans are also available to support injured or ill employees return to work safely through the provision of modified duties.

We also provide mental health support to our people via our trained mental health first aiders and through the deployment of our Healthy Minds Program. Healthy Minds is focused on increasing mental health awareness, reducing its stigma and providing support to those in need.

‘Better You’ digital platform

Through a digital platform we provide wellbeing tools and resources for our employees and up to 5 additional family members or friends per employee. By completing a wellbeing questionnaire the user gets a score for each section and an overall ‘Healthy Habits Score’. Their personal report provides links to relevant material that can help them enhance their scores and, as new content is added to the platform, their personal report is automatically updated to link to the newest and most relevant content.

Areas of the assessment include healthy eating, sleeping, exercise and mental wellbeing. Employees can access a range of healthy delicious meal and snack ideas to make at home and access a range of special discounts to help with their wellbeing, safety and engagement.

Site-specific activities

In addition to centrally led activities, individual sites customise their health and wellbeing program and design activities that recognise their specific situation. This can take a risk-based approach to target identified areas of improvement or more generally promote relevant healthy lifestyles and behaviours. 

Examples of activities that have been undertaken include:  awareness campaigns such as RUOK? Day, flu vaccinations, Quit Smoking campaigns.