Our 10 operating guidelines are our own set of shared behaviors, values, and ideals. They are written on
our office walls to encourage and inspire us to live by them and guide us towards our common purpose.
Click on the boxes in the graphic below to learn more about each guideline.
Culture, Recognition, Empowerment, Engagement and Development are the behavioral guidelines that
reflect our values and build our culture. We live out this code as we believe in culture as an alignment
force, the importance of acknowledging and empowering our employees, engagement to inspire and
drive results, and the growth of each member of our AFM family. Our Creed allows for a sense of
belonging and the success of our organization towards a common purpose.
Our employees offer unique talents, creative ideas,
and colorful personalities that add as much flavor
to our culture as our avocados. In the spirit of
"Let's Be Mas," our rallying cry to give our best
and always aim to improve, AFM brings together
cross-functional teams to represent, inform, and
influence our company culture. We believe the
diversity of ideas and experiences from this
group are essential to innovation and enhances
our overall employee experience. To share what
one another has to offer, AFM has several
subcommittees beneath the umbrella of our
company Culture Committee.
They find opportunities for employees to have fun, connect, and engage in companywide events.
This committee is focused on communicating the company culture, swag, office-culture design, and spreading our company culture within.
This committee focuses on creating a better tomorrow by giving back to the community. We support underprivileged students at a local school in Dallas by contributing to food, book, and toy drives and by hosting events at the school.
This committee organizes active, engaging challenges to promote living a healthy lifestyle - one of the main pillars of our brand.
This committee promotes employee recognition initiatives to ensure that everyone's voice is heard, and that great work does not go unnoticed.
We believe in celebrating wins and then improving
them. When our team is successful, we believe in
congratulating and acknowledging them. We want to
empower our employees to voice new, innovative
ideas, ensuring everyone is heard and included.
In recognition of wins, no matter how small, we
created a program called Avo Stars to recognize
individual greatness at all levels.
AFM works hard to cultivate a connective, collaborative workplace for employees to share their talents and flourish. We provide targeted trainings from top companies that focus on working together to drive results, while staying connected to the big vision and to one another. We strive to foster an environment where people find meaning in their work, can do so autonomously, are challenged to continually grow, and can make a true impact at AFM and in their careers. Whether we’re asking for needed feedback through our engagement survey, or competing in a friendly game of Loteria, building a community of people working towards common goals is a top priority and investment at AFM.
Our diverse organization is composed of 10 different
nationalities and a female base of more than 60% of
our workforce, all equally representing the more than
29,000 producers, 65 packing companies, and 250
importers that make possible the journey of our
healthy, fresh and delicious avocados, from the
small family-owned farms in Michoacan, Mexico. We
believe that everyone has something important to
offer because of their unique backgrounds. We urge
employees to use their voices, innovative ideas, and
diverse perspectives to bring value to AFM and the
communities we represent.
We recognize the responsibility we have to not only
grow our avocado seedlings into mature and rich
produce, but to also develop our people into
thriving professionals looking to grow their
talents at AFM. We work to advance the careers
of those who are endlessly curious and never
tire of pushing for growth by offering all
employees extensive training and
experiential learning opportunities.
Our AFM Life training program is offered to every single employee in our company, built to enrich our employee's futures as professionals. An intensive analysis is completed annually so we can design customized trainings to equip each individual employee with the set of skills needed to grow. We use company feedback, assessments, and each employee's personal aspirations to help them enhance their skills and day-to-day mastery.
We owe it to our employees to care about their careers and to tell them the truth. Our company's 360-degree assessment program embraces those ideals, created to analyze areas of opportunity that can be improved and identify which unique talents are being used strategically. The assessment engenders self- and company accountability while giving our employees control over their career paths and pushing them in their goals. Using the results of each assessment, we can support our employees through coaching, quarterly reviews, and the AFM Life training program.
Our baseball cards are scorecards that show our employees where they are today, where they need to be tomorrow, and what they need to accomplish to get there. From how we collaborate, what others report in their 360 assessments, and what our direct managers observe, our scorecard system acts as a personal roadmap to becoming the best version of ourselves we can be. These visionary roadmaps are what enable our team to achieve big things.
AFM is on Fast Company's list of 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators, but we're always striving to improve that position - and improvement begins with employee engagement. Our employee engagement training addresses every member at every level, creating an experiential, transformational, and unified culture. This transparency across the entire organization helps our employees cherish their purpose from day to day, gives them the autonomy to grow and develop, and provides a clear vision of the impact they have on the company's success - all while keeping us connected through our culture of Mexicanity. Through this company engagement, our people can produce their best work, contribute their discretionary effort to drive results, and always be improving.
We value an environment of collaboration and offer trainings, such as Myers Briggs, that help to identify our similarities and differences, working styles, and inherent hardwiring. Learning a shared language helps us to improve our communication and work better as a team and is included in our Baseball Cards as a continuous reference.
In 2020, we provided our employees with an exclusive innovation workshop developed by Yale University. The weeklong workshop was led by some of the most qualified professors in the nation, who provided seminars on driving innovation, functioning as a dynamic, high-performing team, cultivating an organizational culture, and much more.