Darigold people make it all happen. Our people are reliably performing the needed tasks every day, finding solutions to challenges and discovering ways to improve processes and prevent problems before they happen. It is their commitment that leads to our quality products, their energy and work that create our brand. Dedicated people are the secret sauce behind happy customers, the creative force for innovations in our product portfolios.
In 2016, Darigold had just over 1,400 employees. Here’s our total employee headcount and diversity data for 2012-2015.
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Overall, Darigold’s minority worker ratios are similar to the demographics in the region. The ratio of female to male employees (around 14%) is low, reflecting the history of dairy and manufacturing as male dominated industries. We take a number of steps to recruit and support female and minority workers. For example, we currently post all of our jobs on diversitywashington.com, which then posts on multiple job sites that specialize in diversity.
In 2016, we made significant employee benefits plan design improvements on our next-generation medical plan to help limit out-of-pocket exposure for employees and encourage them to get wellness care. We also increased employer sponsored life insurance benefits from $50,000 to 1.5x salary up to $200,000. The opportunity to buy-up additional life insurance coverage was increased to $500,000. Employer sponsored long-term disability benefits were increased to 60% from 40% income replacement. Lastly, on the 401(k) plan we accelerated our vesting structure, improving from a six-year vesting period to a two-year vesting period. Beyond the health benefits plan improvements, 10 employees are currently participating in our tuition reimbursement program.