Sustainability Report 2019


Occupational Health and Safety

Management Approach

Vonovia employees work in a variety of fields – ranging from office work to installation and gardening. They face physical and mental stressors that can influence their performance. This is why we ensure that potential threats to our employees are minimized through comprehensive health management and professional occupational health and safety structures so that they can work in a healthy environment. After all, Vonovia’s economic success depends on the long-term performance of its employees. Our health management efforts also focus on the well-being of older employees, as their performance is becoming increasingly important due to the shortage of skilled workers.

Health Management

As part of our comprehensive health management system, we systematically design work processes and structures in such a way that they promote the health and well-being of our employees and maintain their performance and motivation over the long term so that we can keep them in the company.

Establishment in the Organization 103-2

The Health and Social Affairs team is responsible for developing and implementing health management measures.

Occupational Health and Safety

We want to create a working environment for our employees in which they are protected to the best degree possible against risks, hazards and occupational accidents – regardless of the time, place or type of work. The risks that our employees at the headquarters face are relatively low compared to the employees working in our technical service or residential neighborhood organization in craftsmen and gardening positions. We conduct regular risk assessments in order to identify possible hazards and minimize risks by taking targeted, and primarily preventive measures. These include regular safety instructions and the frequent updating of instructional documents and operating manuals, as well as adherence to applicable laws and guidelines. Each individual employee and each manager bears responsibility for their own safety and that of their colleagues. 403-2

Establishment in the Organization 103-2

We use our occupational health and safety organization to ensure that our high safety standards are maintained throughout the company. We ensure the extensive transfer of knowledge through a process of regular specialist dialogue between the Group companies. We take the existing occupational safety structures of the companies that we integrate and transfer them into our own organization. We expand processes, for instance reviews and instructions, to cover new employees and locations and document this. 403-2

Facility management is responsible for coordinating occupational health and safety and initiates and supports measures at the holding companies.

Internal coordinators for occupational health and safety have been appointed in each of Vonovia’s Group companies and manage occupational safety issues. They also attend scheduled on-site visits conducted by the Employer’s Liability Insurance Association Verwaltungsberufsgenossenschaft or the occupational health and safety authorities.

Company representatives are appointed by the Management Board and act as the central point of contact for all employees. Company representatives exchange information with the internal coordinators on a regular basis and work with them on central occupational safety issues.

Occupational safety committees (OSC) meet regularly at the Group companies and investigate occupational safety optimization opportunities. They work closely with external occupational safety and occupational health experts and adapt occupational safety measures to current developments, such as workplace requirements, applicable laws, (accident prevention) guidelines, technical requirements and legal acts. Once a quarter the company representatives discuss new developments and the implementation of measures with occupational safety experts, occupational medical officers, safety officers and the works councils at the OSC meetings.403-4

The technical service and residential environment service have their own occupational health and safety organization due to the large number of trades at Vonovia and the special occupational health and safety requirements that apply to these trades.

Occupational Safety at Vonovia

Occupational Safety at Vonovia

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