Everyone is different – and that’s a good thing. As an international company with 41,000 employees from 111 different countries worldwide, the diversity of our employees is of particular importance for us. It enriches our company culture and helps us to secure our competitive advantage.
We are committed to creating a work environment that is free from prejudice and that offers equal opportunities to everyone – regardless of age, disability, national origin, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Therefore, e.g. in Germany we are a member of the “Charta der Vielfalt” (Diversity Charter).
We show our employees ways to freely develop their potential, we protect them from unfair behavior in the workplace and we guarantee barrier-free facilities wherever possible. The result: A working environment in which we respect each other and enjoy working together.
Creating equal opportunities for both women and men is a focal point of our diversity management worldwide. We set us the ambitious goal to increase the share of women in management positions to 15 percent by 2020 and to 20 percent in the long term. All organizations support this goal with individual performance indicators and measures like e.g. local gender diversity networks, mentoring programs or flexible working options.
Beyond that, we want to make it equally easy for both men and women to balance their private lives and careers. Flexible working hours, part-time positions, and childcare support make this possible. For this dedication we have been recognized as a Great Place To Work in several countries worldwide – in addition in Germany we have been awared the „audit berufundfamilie“ for being especially family-friendly.
As a global company it is a matter of course for us to work together with people across different countries and cultural backgrounds. We are proud to have employees from 111 different nationalities working and developing in diverse teams new innovative products.
We make use of our diverse age structure: working together in mixed-aged teams is crucial to our products and business. Different knowledge levels, skills and point of views lead to innovative products and generate value for our customers.