Our Guiding Principle
“To be a great company for our stakeholders through an unwavering belief that people build businesses by doing the right thing.”
Our Corporate Values
Sonoco was founded in 1899 on the belief that People Build Businesses. We value our people and are committed to giving them every opportunity to use their talent, skills, passion and creativity to grow themselves, their careers and our company.
People Build Businesses
- We had 14 fewer employees injured globally in 2017.
- Our employees rated Sonoco with a 78% positive engagement score.
- We retained 94.5% of exceptional and promotable talent.
Creating a zero-injury environment is always Sonoco’s ultimate goal—and a key focus area of the Company. Our people are the single most important aspect of our business. We believe the most basic form of respect we can show to others is to guarantee their personal safety. This means, at Sonoco, we encourage each other to work safely every day and make good decisions. Having a sound and proven safety process is a cornerstone of world-class performing companies.
We seek the best practices from experts and high-performing companies around the world, then use these best practices as we craft our own processes. We also continue to build a high-performing team of safety professionals. Several divisions have each added new safety professionals within the past year. This expertise will help lead innovation in our safety efforts. What we achieve is based on the commitment, focus, drive, innovation and dedication of our people to relentlessly pursue excellence.
Key Talent Metric
Sonoco strives to achieve a 95% retention rate for our high-performing and high-potential talent.
Our retention rates in 2014-2017 were 98.6%, 95.8%, 95.2% and 94.5%, respectively.
The Sonoco Diversity and Unity Council seeks to create a diverse workforce within an inclusive environment by sponsoring and guiding activities of several affinity teams and fostering diversity and inclusion education, awareness and communication throughout Sonoco, including through the Workforce Environment Team, Workforce Representation Team, Sonoco Young Professionals and the Military Professionals Group.
Through quarterly cultural awareness events, the Workforce Environment Team’s goal is to understand, respect and value differences, as well as similarities, and to create a more engaging and productive workplace. Last year, the Workforce Representation team attended 50 events on 19 college campuses with the intent to recruit a diverse workforce defined in terms of various demographics, thoughts and perspectives.
The Military Professionals Group continues to grow and support Veterans and educates non-Veterans on issues facing this community. Representatives of the team contact current Veteran employees directly through new hire orientation and one-on-one communications with associates who have more than one year of service with Sonoco. For the past two years, Sonoco has been named a "Best for Vets" company by Military Times, joining well-known organizations such as Kellogg, AT&T, Hilton and The Boeing Company. Best for Vets rankings evaluate company culture, veteran recruiting, veteran policies and accommodations for members of the National Guard and reserves.
The Young Professionals team serves as an “innovation station” for Sonoco’s youngest professionals to collaborate, innovate and ideate. Last year, the team implemented the ‘SYP Spotlight’ program, highlighting one outstanding young professional each month who has gone above and beyond normal job responsibilities.
Sonoco will continue to consciously provide support to programs that attract diverse associates—because bringing new perspectives into our community brings new ideas to the table.