Bonduelle is introducing a new inclusive hiring model in its Florence, N.J. facility, promoting diversity and inclusion in its workforce by removing structural barriers to employment. The model launches with an on-site hiring event at 700 Railroad Ave. in Florence on March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This approach moves away from traditional hiring and employee screening processes to give anyone seeking employment the opportunity and support needed to flourish at Bonduelle. This enables those who experience life challenges, such as homelessness or past drug dependency, to join the team and provides employees with personalized resource support to manage through challenges.
Bonduelle is introducing a new inclusive hiring model in its Florence, N.J. facility.
“The hiring model supports the Bonduelle mission to make a positive impact on people and the planet,” says Andrea G. Montagna, CEO of Bonduelle Fresh Americas, the U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle which operates the Florence facility. “This opens the doors to new talent and perspectives that will ultimately improve the collective efforts of the company.”
Candidates can now apply without resumes, interviews, background checks or drug screens. The only requirement for application is to provide the information needed to properly complete Form I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification such as a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state/outlying territory of the U.S., provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
“We consider this a win-win because it expands our recruiting pipeline and can have a positive impact on people's lives by reducing barriers to employment,” adds Katie Lopez, chief human resources officer.
Bonduelle first implemented this hiring model in its Rochester, NY facility in August 2021.
The initiative is based on the model created by the Greyston Foundation after the proven success of its Open Hiring framework. Bonduelle will also offer work/life services including access to social workers and community services, individual case management for employees and one-on-one coaching.
“Open Hiring welcomes people into the workforce with zero judgment. It’s a proven solution addressing major socio-economic disparities, particularly in communities with a high percentage of individuals facing significant barriers to employment,” says Dr. Penny Jennings, Greyston’s vice-president of strategic programs and partnerships.
As part of this launch, Bonduelle is teaming with local service organizations, such as the Mid-Atlantic States Career & Education Center, to create a direct link to those most in need in the community seeking work.
“For those who face these very difficult situations, a long-term job means a huge step forward in creating a stable life situation,” says Ashley Williams, program specialist for MASCEC.
Bonduelle first implemented this model in its Rochester, NY facility in August 2021. The company has plans to launch the program in more U.S. facilities later in 2022.