A Busy Team NoroGard in October!

October has been keeping us busy! We’ve launched the NoroGard Batch Dryer AND the NoroGard Excellence Build-up material, Jesper and Erland paid a visit to Finland for some service work, we exhibited at EuroSeeds in Stockholm, and we invited our suppliers and business partners for two open days. 

It’s been a great time to connect with Team NoroGard, show our latest innovations and just build stronger relationships! Not only have many of our distributors been with us for a long time, so has some of our suppliers! Always great to have them onboard with us! 

Support Gender Equality in 3 Steps

Women produce a vast majority of the food in developing countries and work an average of 12-13 hours more than her male colleagues each week. Despite this, only 10-20% of farmland in these countries is owned or managed by a woman. Studies have shown that by investing in and empowering women in agriculture, improvements are clearly shown in productivity and rural livelihoods.

Diversity has been an obvious stance at NoroGard for a very long time which has resulted in a great mix of experiences and personalities, allowing for our organization to grow! The NoroGard management team is 50% female and so is our production. A move that’s only brought positive effects. Studies and reports actually show that gender equal businesses hold a higher annual revenue, than all-male corporations do.

This weekend the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference kicks off in Ontario, Canada (27-29thOctober), and in a few weeks the Women in Food and Agriculture conference runs in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (3-4thDecember). The rise of female entrepreneurs is growing within the agricultural sector too and this is the ultimate opportunity to show our support! On Instagram you’ll find hashtags such as #WomenInAgriculture and #FemaleFarmer with thousands of posts and followers across the world and similar groups can easily be found on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter too.

So, how can you support gender equality and female empowerment in three simple steps?

First, show the women you work with on a daily basis some appreciation! Let them know you see and appreciate all the hard work that they put in.

Second, spend a few minutes to find an organization or group within your preferred social media channel that raise awareness for women in agriculture and find a way to support them. Whether it’s through likes and positive feedback, or its more materialistic support. It’s up to you!

Third, take your female colleagues into account! Help them grow, listen to what they have to say and trust them to help the business grow!  

Start Digging Where You're Standing

In Sweden we have a saying that’s frequently used when discussing the startup of a project or change. Start digging where you’re standing. Before taking on large projects of change, start with yourself, the contacts you have in your network and your own team. Same goes for sustainable development goal number three, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Those of you who are already familiar with NoroGard, knows that we’re very passionate about ensuring the health and safety of the operators. By providing a work environment free from dust, chemicals and safety hazards, we take our responsibility as a manufacturer and innovator.

NoroGard is also ensuring the health and safety of our own team. In order for us to be growing stronger, we need to look after ourselves. This is why all members of our organization are provided free company healthcare with frequent check-ups and tests. This as well as lifestyle coaching, prevention of mental health issues and contributions towards for example glasses, gym memberships, massage, etc. that could help ensuring healthy lives for our team members. We are also running ongoing efforts for our work environment at our facilities. These cover everything from location of tools and furniture, risk management, noise control, safety precautions, mental health, working position and posture, to everything else that’s linked to the performance and health of our team.

So, start digging where you’re standing! Have a think about what you’re doing today to ensure your own health and well-being, then think about how you’re contributing towards an improved health of your team members or employees. What else can you do to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages?