Our Employees

Our employees are the foundation of our success and our corporate culture. We, therefore, want to position ourselves as a fair employer with strong ethical principles and support company growth by recruiting qualified employees and providing them with a diverse and healthy working environment.

We encourage our employees to take responsibility, promote equal opportunities and diversity, and invest in our employees’ professional development. Short decision paths and entrepreneurial thought and action set us apart. Although we act as independent business areas, we are linked in a strategic network. We strive to cultivate a shared “company group feeling” while still preserving the operating units’ respective cultures. These priorities are anchored in our strategic approach and are fleshed out with specific measures and programs in our HR work. On the one hand, our HR work includes the careful selection of suitable candidates and the continuous development and training of our employees and managers. On the other hand, the wellbeing of our employees and contractors is a top priority.

Detailed indicators are published in our annual Sustainability Report.


Compliance with the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is laid down in our binding Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we determine here that salaries shall be regulated based solely on qualifications, performance, and other work-related factors such as responsibility, skill, and experience. Factors such as gender, age, race, religion, marital status, or disability have no influence on salaries. In addition to the competitive base salary, we voluntarily offer comprehensive supplementary benefits, and in most countries in which we operate, we offer a voluntary, additional employer-financed company pension.

Moreover, we abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations (UN) protocols, protecting human rights within our sphere of influence.


We regard diversity as an invaluable commodity and a central resource for innovation and competitiveness and we seek to foster it in our workforce. Similarly, the application and promotion of equal opportunities and equal treatment without discrimination are part of our corporate culture and are set out in our Code of Conduct.

In the event of discrimination, harassment or other violations of the Code of Conduct, all employees can report anonymously at any time using the CARE platform.