Published on 5/20/23

Employees: the driving force of the company

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By Hélène Radisson, HR Manager Léa Savarino, Internal Communications Officer

In 2022, 10 years after Valrhona first appeared in France’s Great Place to Work list, the company didn’t make it onto the rankings. The results of the employee survey showed that only 65% of staff were satisfied with their working conditions. This figure is indicative of the issues that came with the post-COVID return to business, but most importantly the need to never take employees’ well-being for granted.

Our staff are more than a driving force - they are the heart and soul of our hundred-year-old company. Following on from the satisfaction survey, the Human Resources department has launched working groups to better understand teams’ circumstances and provide pragmatic, rapid solutions. This reflective work was conducted in all humility by management, the intention being to take advantage of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations to recognize the power of our people.

Soirée 100 ans collaborateurs Valrhona


Valrhona’s 750  employees were invited to celebrate the company’s centennial on a beautiful day in June. The event included workshops led by the employees themselves on important topics such as sourcing and distribution. It was a great opportunity for all our staff to come together around the strong values we all share, namely commitment and passion.


A few hours later, it was time to set the scene for an outdoor cocktail reception with our guests and a concert by the water’s side. This celebratory event will linger long in the memories of our staff and their relatives.