Our more than 300,000 employees worldwide are the foundation of our company. Their day-to-day commitment is the basis of our success. We want to attract talent, retain employees and allow them to develop their skills further. To do this, we must strenghten and expand our position as an attractive employer in a market environment characterized by a shortage of skilled workers and increasing competition. Excellent working conditions, attractive fringe benefits, individual development opportunities and a dialog-oriented corporate culture are essential building blocks for us.
As a global company, we create various incentives for our employees depending on the country and location. These include flexible working time models among others. We pay attention to diversity and promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation. We aim to comply with internationally recognized labor and social standards in all aspects of our operations. This is set out as mandatory in our Code of Conduct and our Human Rights Statement.
We enable our employees to develop professionally in an international, dynamic environment. We support them with individual training measures as well as with development paths and support lifelong learning while working.
In addition to the Group-wide mandatory training courses on the codes of conduct in the business units, there are also mandatory training courses on quality management, environmental management and occupational health and safety.
Attracting and retaining outstanding talent is crucial to our success. That's why our HR development measures are rounded off by area-specific talent management and individual training opportunities for employees and managers.
Dec. 31, 2021: 316,078
SHARE OF WOMEN
Dec. 31, 2021: 68%
Occupational health and safety
As a health care group, we not only bear responsibility for the well-being of our patients, but also for the health of our employees. Creating a safe and healthy working environment is a top priority for us. We have introduced management systems and measures throughout the Group to protect our employees from accidents and work-related illnesses.
When it comes to health protection, prevention is our basic principle: That is why we offer our employees comprehensive programs to promote their health and prevent work-related illnesses. These include a wide range of sports and nutritional training.
The Fresenius Code of Conduct sets out in binding terms that we take necessary measures to protect our employees and prevent work-related accidents. The occupational safety concepts of the business segments focus on occupational health and safety in the production area as well as occupational health management for employees in health care facilities or in the area of administration.
Fresenius has taken extensive measures to ensure patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of patients, caregivers and our own employees is our highest priority.
Employee participation and exchange with employee representatives
At Fresenius, trust and cooperation between management, employees, and employee representatives is an integral part of our corporate culture and established practice. An open and continuous dialog between management and employee representatives as well as trade unions is important to us.
In recent years, we have established various dialog formats to make communication between management and employees more interactive - both at Group level and in the individual business units. In this way we also aim to promote a constructive exchange and our feedback culture.
In addition to the direct exchange with their supervisor, employees can turn to their contact persons in the HR or Compliance departments as well as to the works council, their trade union or other employee representatives. Around 78% of our employees in Europe are covered by a collective agreement. On a global base, about 50%1 of our employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements.
1 Based on about 91% of Fresenius Group total employees.