Partnership with the employees
We want to work together with our employees as partners, respect their interests, and get them involved in the company. An important source of guidance for us here are our Group-wide Principles of Social Responsibility, which are based on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) work and social standards. All of our employees are provided with information about these principles. Reports of violations of the principles are received by the whistleblower system BPO (Business Practices Office), which directs the subsequent investigations according to the area of responsibility. (See »Compliance«).
We structure our decision-making processes in a manner that ensures transparency for our employees, and we also enable our employees to participate in decision-making processes. We work together with our employees as partners, respect their interests, and get them actively involved in the company. We have established how we take on responsibility in our employee relationships in our policies and company agreements. Our employees have the right to organize themselves in labor unions. We also ensure this right in countries in which freedom of association is not legally protected. We work together constructively with the employee representatives and the trade unions. Important partners here include the local works councils, the European Works Council, and the World Employee Committee (WEC). Collective bargaining agreements apply to the majority of our employees throughout the Group. Such agreements apply in particular for all of the employees at
Various (company-wide) agreements grant our employees specific rights and define additional rules and regulations. These agreements address topics such as mobile working, family leave, reductions in working hours, and home health care.
Within the framework of the ongoing dialog between the corporate management and the employees’ association, employees at