Some 8,700 employees along with their skills and motivation drive our business and enable us to serve more than 130,000 customers in around 170 locations in 12 countries. About three-quarters of our employees are working in Europe, more than a quarter in the Americas.
We want to actively promote employee diversity and potential so that we can provide tailor-made solutions for our customers’ needs. To this end, we offer our employees a number of services:
- Job-specific and company-internal trainings
- Language courses
- Individual support for continuing education
Health and Safety
As a responsible employer, the health and safety of our employees is of particular concern to us. In 2011 we established an international committee on European level that monitors quality, health and safety, and environmental issues. Their projects include measures for promoting employee health and for improving work safety.
We aim to maintain our comparatively low illness rate in the European and American subsidiaries and therefore, we actively promote the health of our employees. Among other services, we offer them:
- voluntary medical consultations
- annual flu vaccinations
The key role of our occupational safety management is to identify accident risks within the company and provide remedies for these risks. Our goal is to reduce the number of accident-related days of absence. This is why we systematically collect and monitor data related to accidents. The prevailing British standard in this area, BS OHSAS 18001, will be implemented step by step in selected European country organizations.
In 2012 and 2013 Klöckner & Co as an official partner has supported the "Healthy Workplaces Campaign" of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
Responsibility in Working Relationships
In a commercial enterprise and service provider, employees constitute a key success factor. Social dialogue is thus of great importance for Klöckner & Co SE.
The purpose of the group-wide principles is to highlight and specify the social responsibility involved in working relationships with employees at Klöckner & Co SE and its subsidiaries. These principles are based on the general obligation of all participants in business to recognize the fundamental working rights expressed in international conventions, such as:
- ILO conventions no. 29, 87, 98, 100, 105, 111, 138, and 182
- United Nations universal declaration of human rights
- the OECD guidelines for multinational companies
An important foundation for adherence to this social responsibility is that Klöckner & Co SE remains competitive, innovative, and economically successful in the short, medium and long term, while improving social standards and developing employee interests.
Our principles of social responsibility cover the following topics:
- Free choice of employment
- Equal opportunities and equal treatment
- No child labor
- Freedom of association
- Working hours
- Occupational health and safety
- Qualification and promotion of professional development
- Social projects
The management board member of Klöckner & Co SE and the management of the group’s companies are responsible for implementing these principles. Together, the signatory parties - the employer and the employee representatives - will monitor compliance with this agreement.