Rob van Hoesel, President of the European Federation of Wooden Pallet and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB), calls on the packaging industry to incentivize staff to apply and stay in the career by showcasing its sustainable practices, among other benefits.
In the wake of large numbers of employees leaving or losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, he says companies hiring are forced to compete and the industry needs to attract job seekers by spreading its “strong ethical characteristics”. as well as ensuring the personal and professional development of its employees.
“Similar to those in many other industries, pallet and packaging companies are facing a recruitment challenge, which will only get worse in the years to come,” he said. “People are no longer just looking for financial rewards, they are looking to work for companies that offer them flexibility and opportunities to learn and grow, that have ethically sound operations, and that make a positive difference to society. We need to make sure we tick all of these boxes in order to attract the most qualified staff.
According to van Hoesel, the key to attracting young people to the sector is its ecological awareness. “The business of wooden pallets and packaging is by nature ethical”, he said, “based on an infinitely renewable raw material, and manufactures, repairs and reuses its products until they are finally recycled. of life. With a majority of wood coming from managed and sustainable sources, the industry encourages the planting of trees, which helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is environmentally conscious and, as the pandemic has illustrated, is an industry essential to the proper functioning of the global economy.
“These are just some of the attributes that make it an exciting and attractive place to work for the younger generation, and we need to make sure we communicate that well to potential employees.”
He also speculated that companies that keep abreast of technological developments would make it an attractive prospect for potential staff members.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, FEFPEB warned that dwindling timber supplies would put pressure on timber supplies and impact the pallet and packaging industries across the country. Europe.
Meanwhile, Wood Resources International (WRI) has warned that conflict in Ukraine and an “unsustainable level” of roundwood harvesting between 2017 and 2021 are helping to alter the trade in logs and lumber.