Our Response to COVID-19

Fonterra is committed to the health and wellbeing of our people.

We are an essential business, providing food and food ingredients to millions of people globally, and the ability to continue to be able to provide food and employment is important to us.

This extends to our practices during the recruitment process.

All of our application and assessment processes can be delivered online, and where possible, we make adjustments to factor your personal circumstances to ensure that when you apply for a role with Fonterra, you’re confident you can put your best foot forward.

The exception to this is the practical assessment for our Tanker drivers. You can be confident though that we can deliver these safely regardless of the setting under The COVID-19 Protection Framework (The Traffic Lights), and full PPE and health protocols are provided to ensure your safety and that of our team. This also applies to some aspects of our pre-employment medical for some roles.

If you join one of our operational sites as either an employee or contractor, you will need to have a negative COVID test before coming to site for the first time. Our sites operate in site or shift bubbles (depending on the setting under the framework) and this is just one of the ways that we can assure you and your colleagues that we do not have undetected transmission on site.

This testing, and other testing at our sites, forms part of a range of on-site measures. Dependent on your location and current setting under the framework, these may include temperature checking, freely available sanitiser, mask, social distancing, and work bubble protocols, and restrictions on group gatherings, site visitors, and inter-site travel.

A positive test will not affect your employment status with us (i.e. employment is not conditional on a negative test).

We believe vaccination is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves, our whānau, our communities, and our team. For this reason, and after having conducted a risk assessment and consultation process with our workers, Fonterra requires that all new joiners are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You are fully vaccinated if you have received two primary doses of a COVID-19 vaccination approved by the New Zealand Government – we do not currently require a booster vaccination.

Accordingly, if you are interested in applying for a role with Fonterra, please ensure that you will be able to meet these requirements. Please note that we don’t require proof of your vaccination status during the recruitment process; this will only be required if you are offered and accept a role with us.

If you have any questions or concerns about how we manage your safety during the recruitment process, please do not hesitate to reach out to your recruitment contact or email direct to fonterra.jobs@fonterra.com.