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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Encouraging and retaining talent

Dedicated, technology-minded and service-oriented employees are pivotal to the success of our business. The aim of our global talent management is to identify such employees at the company, support and involve them, give them opportunities for further development and ultimately retain them.

Global Talent Pool: A new Group-wide process simplifies staffing
Employees planning their next career step or who want to amass experience in projects can join the Global Talent Pool. With more than 850 employee profiles, some 25 percent of which were posted by women and 56 percent by international colleagues, almost two-thirds more employees introduced themselves on the new platform compared to the predecessor platform during the reporting year. The share of female colleagues (27 percent in 2016) remained about the same, while the number of international employees on the platform rose significantly (41 percent in 2016). The platform is a useful tool for increasing talent visibility and simplifying staffing processes throughout the Group. HR experts are able to peruse the profiles employees post to the platform and contact suitable candidates. The Global Talent Pool also encourages employees to gain experience at different business units or national companies and in a range of functions, furthering diversity at the Group.

Talent conferences offer opportunities to engage in dialog
In September 2017, around 350 employees from about 20 countries attended two conferences. One of these conferences took place simultaneously in Bonn and Athens, linked by live streaming. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about effective strategies to help them advance their careers in the age of increasing competition by AI and robotics. The event also offered an opportunity to network with around 65 of the Group's top-level managers, who made guest appearances at the event.