Cultural Diversity

Respecting, embracing and harnessing.

Respecting, embracing and harnessing the unique skills and diverse perspectives of our people is what we stand for. 

At Fonterra, our people are at the heart of our success.  We're committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse group of talented individuals and creating an inclusive culture that enables everyone to bring their best and authentic selves to work every day. 

Across our global workforce, our focus is on ensuring equal opportunities for all to support our diversity and inclusion goals.   

Why diversity is important to us.

Embracing diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, but it’s great for business. At Fonterra, we believe that the range of thinking styles created through our richness of difference enables us to drive innovation and improve strategic decision making, which in turn enables Fonterra to deliver on our ambition and goals.

When organisations take a diverse and inclusive approach, everyone reaps the rewards – employees, customers, the community and shareholders.

Diversity Strategy.

Our Diversity & Inclusion strategy is centred around creating a great place to work where everyone can bring their best self to work every day. When we focus on inclusion, we can attract great talent, foster engagement and belonging and ultimately keep our people over the longer term.    

Although we have a core D&I Strategy linked to our business strategy and based on our values, we don’t apply a ‘one size fits all’.   We know that our business units and markets have specific needs and areas of focus and each is free to explore approaches to supporting diversity & inclusion that recognises their unique challenges and suits their business best.

1. Our values drive our beliefs.

We’re committed to living our values every day and pride ourselves on our can-do attitude, collaborative spirit, the richness of difference and shared passion for what we do.

2. We are committed. 

Fonterra is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect, free of discrimination and harassment.

3. We do what's right.

Respecting, leveraging and embracing the unique skills and diverse perspectives of our people is consistent with what we stand for.

4. We value you for what you are.

We truly believe each of our employees bring their own individuality to our workplace and we value that.

5. You bring the passion, we give you the tools.

At Fonterra you will learn from the top experts. Our employees are treated equally and receive the greatest support to achieve their best results.

6. From here to everywhere

We highly encourage our people and their career progression so get ready to fly around the globe!

7. Flexibility

We support work-life balance and encourage our people to work flexible from-to-time; including different times and locations when needed. 

8. We always look for improvement

We know our business and our market has different needs therefore we always look for different ways to explore and support Diversity and inclusion.

9. We challenge boundaries

We believe Diversity & Inclusion needs to be embedded as part of our culture and we aim to be a leader, helping to drive the society forward to embrace it.

10. Community work

We are committed to making a positive difference to our people, our farmers, our customers, our communities and environments where we operate.