Annual Report 2014/15Detailed Picture

Workplace responsibility

Chr. Hansen strives to be an attractive workplace by providing a fair, respectful, inclusive, safe and healthy work environment. As knowledge is critical to Chr. Hansen’s business, there is a strong focus on continuously building and expanding the knowledge base by actively developing employees’ skills.

Continued progress on safety at work

Chr. Hansen’s lost-time incident frequency decreased from four per million working hours in 2013/14 to three in 2014/15. Since 2010/11, the lost-time incident frequency has been reduced by 75%, and the Company is on track to meet the target of fewer than three incidents per million working hours by 2015/16. A key reason for this development is the continuous focus on behavior-based safety, with the majority of Chr. Hansen’s production sites now covered and more than 5,000 training hours invested in the program since 2011/12.

Human capital development

Competency development is key to the future success of Chr. Hansen and a constant focus area. During 2014/15, Chr. Hansen initiated several activities to further strengthen the talent base. A new talent management strategy was approved, with a number of specific initiatives to follow in the years to come. Efforts were also made to strengthen regional training activities and expand the reach of the Company’s training platform, CH Academy.

Diversity and inclusion

Since the development of Chr. Hansen’s diversity strategy and objectives in 2012, there has been progress on several diversity dimensions. During 2014/15, Chr. Hansen’s management teams became more diverse for the fourth consecutive year, with 77% of management teams now including at least one woman and one non-local. On the other hand, there was a lack of progress in relation to women and non-Danes in key positions.  

Chr. Hansen’s Board of Directors added one woman and one non-local during 2014/15, thereby meeting the target to have at least two women and one non-local by 2016/17. With the achievement of the gender diversity target, the Board has set a new goal of minimum three women by 2019/20.

For more information about Chr. Hansen’s diversity & inclusion objectives, see the CSR section of


During 2015/16, efforts will be made to strengthen the focus on health & safety across the global organization by applying best practices and learnings identified during the past years. Further, a mid-term review of the Company’s diversity targets and progress will be conducted with a view to strengthening performance in the coming years.