Annual Report 2017

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Corporate Responsibility
1: Delivering our transformation responsibly

At Bord na Móna our absolute priority is to ensure we work with and engage with our workforce on all aspects of our business transformation - so they are informed, skilled and ready to adapt and play their part in the changes to come – in both the immediate and long term future.

Key objectives

Short term (1-3 years)

Continue to deliver a comprehensive programme of training, retraining, up-skilling and talent development.

Long term (5-10 years)

Continue to deliver a comprehensive programme of training, retraining, up-skilling and talent development.

Identify and develop the “future-need” skills and competencies that will be driven by:

Alternate commercial land-use

Peat-land rehabilitation

Biomass (growth, processing and logistics)

Community projects (amenity, tourism and craft)

Ensure our values; Respectful, Resourceful and Engaging underpin the development and execution of our people roadmap eg:

Develop effective relationships inside and outside Bord na Móna

Make Bord na Móna a great place to work

Drive welfare, health and safety to best-in-class

Enable our people through education, training and experience

Achievements in FY17

Training and upskilling (short to medium term focus)

30,531 hours

of training across 102 courses completed including:

  • Lean management: white belt, green belt and 5S (workplace organisation method)
  • IT skills
  • Project management
  • Health and safety programmes
  • Supervisory and management skills
  • Communications and performance management
  • Energy awareness (ISO50001)

Individual Development (medium to long-term focus)


people entered in-house development programmes, focused on driving internal talent development and promotion


people engaged in university-level education


graduates recruited into the graduate programme


apprentices recruited, stepping up our craft development programme



Key projects

Naturally Driven Awards

The Naturally Driven Awards were held in December 2016 to reward the commitment and dedication of our employees. The awards and ceremony recognise those employees - nominated by their colleagues over the previous six months – who have lived the core company values of Respectful, Resourceful and Engaging and brought them to life across the business.

Employee Engagement Survey

The Employee Engagement Survey is completed every year with most recent results gathered in January 2017.

  • The participation rate this year was 74% which exceeded the previous survey’s participation rate by 8% and compares well to a stretch target of 75%. Much of this increase is due to the support of the management team who encouraged participation from all staff over an extended survey period
  • Top two highest scoring categories were:
    • Discretionary effort by employees
    • Engagement with current activity
  • Areas with most significant year on year improvement were:
    • Work environment
    • Past experiences and trust
    • Compensation and reward
    • Leadership and management



Employee Well-Being

This includes a full medical screening for over 90% of our employees and access to our employee assistance programme which offers a number of supports to employees including dental visits on site and access to educational support. This can also include funding for courses which employees can apply for from Masters courses to Diplomas depending on what their interest and work requirements are.



The future

  • The commitment to training and development will continue targeting an increase in participation from all employees - supported by deployment of individual training-needs assessments.
  • The company will build on the outcomes of the Engagement and Culture Surveys to enable the wider Bord na Móna team to connect with and progress the business transformation.