Our people

“Our people are our greatest asset” – J.C. Hempel

Driving success with a diverse workforce

We are a truly global company, with a diverse workforce spread across more than 80 countries. This gives us our most important asset and cutting edge – a group of colleagues with a vast variety of backgrounds, experiences, skills and knowledge. Our goal is to give every employee a fantastic place to work, one where they feel valued and have opportunities to develop.

Employee engagement

In Hempel, we strive towards having engaged employees. We know fulfilling our strategy requires a strong and healthy organisation which is also why employees’ engagement and well-being matter to us. Every year we measure Hempel’s “heart rhythm” and use our dedicated engagement survey, Hempel Heartbeat to conclude if we are on the right track. Around 90 percent of colleagues answer the survey, and the results provide the perfect opportunity for management and individual teams to discuss how to improve the work environment.

With a consistently high score in Satisfaction & Motivation we remain among the top quartile of global companies.


Developing our people

Employee engagement is closely linked to personal and professional development, so we offer learning and development solutions for all our people – across levels, functions and geographies. Through the Hempel Academy, our colleagues can access a wide range of training, from technical courses to leadership development. We also offer structured development programmes covering the full talent pipeline, from graduate through to executive level.

Diversity and equal opportunities

Our Diversity and Equal Opportunity Policy states that all employment and career development decisions must be based on merit and made to support business goals. A key goal of this policy is to ensure that everyone at Hempel has the opportunity to develop and reach their full potential.

Currently, the number of women in management positions doesn’t reflect the percentage of women in our organisation. This is not good enough. Our target is for 25 per cent of our management positions to be filled by women by 2022, equal to the percentage of women in our organisation. To support this, female leaders can take part in a 12-month mentoring programme, in which they work with a mentor to accelerate their development and prepare for future challenges.

Currently, 23 per cent of management positions are held by women. We acknowledge that we need to work even harder to reach our target.

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Hempel company brochure
Hempel Annual Report 2022
UN Sustainable Development Goals