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AAK Annual Report 2016

Employees Just as we are co-developing with our customers we are also co-developing with our people. AAK has employees in more than 25 countries on six continents. We have 20 production facilities and customization plants across the world and a global procurement and sales organization. Organic growth, investments in production facilities and acquisitions are expanding that global presence. In 2016, we were pleased to welcome 65 new colleagues from California Oils Corporation, also known as CalOils, to the AAK family. During the year, we have also completed two new factories, one in Jundiaí, Brazil and one in Zhang- MLDJDQJ&KLQD±JUHHQ¿HOGSURMHFWVWKDWRIFRXUVHGHPDQGD large number of new recruitments, training and preparation. AAK had an average of 2,971 employees in 2016 – an increase compared to the prior year due to the mentioned JUHHQ¿HOGSURMHFWVRXUFRQWLQXHGRUJDQLFJURZWKDQG acquisitions. Building an organization for future growth 7KH³3HRSOH´SURMHFWZLWKLQ$$.WLRQRXUFRPSDQ\SURJUDP for 2014–2016, has been developing according to plan and KDVUHVXOWHGLQLPSURYHPHQWVRIZRUNÀRZVSURFHVVHVUROHV and responsibilities. AAKtion has now been replaced by our new three-year program The AAK Way, under which the ³3HRSOH´SURMHFWZLOOFRQWLQXH7KHLPSRUWDQWDFKLHYHPHQWV ZLWKWKHSURMHFWWKXVIDUKDYHEHHQPDQ\ For example, we have updated our AAK Trainee Program. 'XULQJZH¿QDOLHGRXUIRXUWKSURJUDPDQGZHOFRPHG nine new graduates (selected from 808 applicants) to a new program, which this year also includes an international assignment and even more training days. We have also continued and updated our AAK Sales Training Program, CCV (Creating Customer Value). In 2016, more than 75 people completed the CCV training and an additional 55 people initiated training to be completed in 2017. There has also been an increased focus on both the quality and the timely completion of our Personal Development Plans (PDPs). Furthermore, during 2016 AAK conducted a global employee engagement survey. A few local engagement surveys have been conducted before, but in June 2016 we carried RXWRXU¿UVWJOREDOVXUYH\WRJHWKHUZLWK*UHDW3ODFHWR:RUN 86.6 percent of our employees completed the survey making our participation equal to the top tier companies that have a much stronger tradition of engagement surveys. During the second half of the year, based on the survey results, many activities were initiated in local leadership teams and with a high level of employee participation and engagement. /DVWEXWQRWOHDVW$$.KDVGH¿QHGOHDGHUVKLSFRPSH- tencies as a foundation for future leadership development ZLWKLQ$$.$VD¿UVWVWHSWKHVHFRPSHWHQFLHVKDYH been introduced to more than 300 managers globally. Production plants Customization plants Sales offices Sourcing operations Customer Innovation Centres 24


AAK Annual Report 2016
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