Developing our employees

We promote talent and create a safe, fair, healthy and inspiring work environment in which our employees can develop, in order to fill more leadership positions from within.

Talent management

Our Talent Management Process helps employees to focus on – and prepare for – the next step in their career. Our goal is to fill 60%of our key positions with internal candidates.

Graduate Trainee Program

The two-year Graduate Trainee Program Yourfuture@BC recruits and develops young top college graduates from around the world, with a focus on emerging markets. The program has gone from strength to strength not just in attracting talent, but also growing globally minded employees for the company. In 2015/16, there were 24 graduate trainees, bringing the total to 103 graduates from 32 nationalities since the program began.

Benefits to employees in origin countries

Barry Callebaut supports employees at every stage of their career with services, programs and benefits. As a company with operations in developing economies, we understand the importance of assisting our employees locally, based on their specific needs. In cocoa growing countries, our programs provide a broad range of services, including medical care, housing and education (see table).

Employee support services in cocoa origin countries (in % of sites providing them)

Doctor/nurse on-site  55% Warm meals on factory premises 89%
Medical exams 100% Home ownership opportunity 31%
Vaccinations 79% Transportation to/from work site 46%
HIV/AIDS education and support 46% Education support/school fees 47%
Health insurance or other medical care 100% Sports activities 83%

Winning Together

We foster team spirit through programs that engage employees in active lifestyles and community development. Our global Winning Together initiative, set up in 2005, encourages employees to support our development activities in cocoa communities in origin countries. The focus of this year’s initiative, called “Water for Life…for All”, is to improve access to safe, clean water for farmer families.

Chairman's Award

Honoring outstanding performance and community service – The annual Chairman's Award recognizes long-time employees with outstanding work performance and strong social commitment in their local communities.

Excellence Awards

Every year, the Excellence Awards are handed out to selected Barry Callebaut employees for outstanding performance. With the award managers and their teams are recognized for their willing- and preparedness to go the extra mile, who are putting all their passion into their work and thus, have made a positive impact on the company in the past fiscal year. The awards are given for each of Barry Callebaut's 5 company values. See this year's Excellence Award winners: Link.


We create an inspiring working environment in which our employees can develop.