Sustainability Report 2019


Work-Life Balance

Objectives, Measures and Indicators

We develop company-wide and location-specific measures to help our employees with childcare or caring for family members. We are underscoring our commitment in this area with our membership in “Erfolgsfaktor Familie” (Success Factor: Family), a corporate program organized by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

We are certain that these measures to help employees balance their work and family commitments have a positive impact and that our employees are keen to make use of them. This is evident, for example, from the large number of male employees who took parental leave (in Germany) in 2019: around 60% of a total of 272 employees. 401-3

Description of objective

Development of a needs-based system

Description of measures


  • Cooperation with family service providers and external service providers for childcare: day care center, vacation schemes, day care
  • Cooperation with day care centers
  • Establishment of parent-child offices in Bochum and Duisburg

Caring for family members

  • Cooperation with family service providers
  • Arranging home-based and hospital care assistants and services
  • Advice regarding financing care and senior-friendly living
  • Arranging assisted living
  • Information on legal aspects of care
  • Psychosocial counseling on how to deal with illness and the need for care in the family

Full-time employees:

Icon – Employees in full-time, part-time and on parental leave

Part-time employees: 938

Employees on parental leave: 272 in total

of which 164 are male

Description of objective

Making work more flexible

Description of measures

Expanding the range of working time models

  • Introducing different working time models and part-time agreements that can also be used by trainees
  • Individual work schedules for athletes
  • Greater flexibility in the working hours framework

Making working conditions more flexible

  • Works agreement on mobile working at the holding company

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