It has been a year of fantastic progress for the Edrington People agenda – twelve months in which we accelerated the development and learning opportunities on offer to every employee around the world.
Much of this learning has been shared through the Edrington Academy. This online platform now hosts all our learning content and more than 70% of our employees have used the Academy to access 85,000 pieces of content since its relaunch in September.
In the coming year we will need to be more agile than ever. To advance that process we launched Project Accelerate, a dedicated project led by a team from across our international business. During last year, the Accelerate team took data and input from every function of the business and worked with the senior leaders and our board to prioritise the knowledge and skills that will drive our business in the future. We will continue to invest behind our people and our capabilities.
Our culture is adapting too. We know that the best results are achieved by great people from diverse backgrounds and by realising the benefits of a truly inclusive culture. Our gender pay gap report shows that we made further progress in our diversity and inclusion agenda last year. Three years into our pay gap reporting we are seeing progressive improvement and we are confident that we have the right actions in place to meet our targets – to have at least 50% of female candidates at first-round interviews, and to have 33% representation of women at our senior management grades by 2022. We are also working alongside the Scotch Whisky Association to develop its Diversity and Inclusion Charter, of which we are a signatory.
Flexibility at work is key to retaining talent, and in 2020 Edrington enhanced this further with its Modern Family Leave policy, giving every Edrington employee the right to 26 weeks’ fully paid leave when they become a parent.
In 2019 we delivered Total Reward Statements to every employee in Edrington, which gave detailed and personalised information on the value of their total reward offering.