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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Current measures to strengthen company culture

In 2016 we started the Compliance-based Corporate Culture initiative with the intention of encouraging integrity and a constructive speak-up culture within our company. Based on an employee survey in the following year, a comprehensive set of measures was put together and then rolled out in 2018 and 2019.

  • The Speak-Up Culture initiative: Employees are encouraged to openly address grievances in critical situations, just as managers should be open to hearing these grievances. To help with this, “Speak Up!” training courses are offered on an international scale, in which employees learn communication techniques for use in difficult situations. By the end of 2019, approximately 3,000 employees had taken part in one of these courses in Germany alone.
  • “Ethical Leadership” training courses help our managers reflect on their own ethical conduct. So far, around 400 managers have taken part in one of these courses.
  • In 2019, we introduced an e-learning and self-reflection tool for managers and project managers that helps them foster a speak-up culture in their teams and enhance their own ethical leadership behavior.
  • Employee surveys: in 2019 we carried out a follow-up survey on our compliance culture and a good 46,000 employees took part.