14. Employment Rights

The company reports on how it complies with nationally and internationally recognised standards relating to employee rights as well as on how it fosters staff involvement in the company and in sustainability management, what goals it has set itself in this regard, what results it has achieved thus far and where it sees risks.

Corporate Culture at Werner & Mertz
Our employees are our most valuable asset. Their engagement, conviction and creativity contribute greatly to our success. We respect and appreciate that. Consequently, it is important for us not only to produce sustainable products but also to manage and encourage our employees. Our personnel principles are based on qualification, esteem, fairness and looking after the welfare of employees. We bank on motivation, personal responsibility, teamwork and strong identification with the company. Under Criterion 6 we reported on how this mission and its core components were worked out. The measures, goals and units of measurement to gauge progress in corporate culture and training & personal development were presented in Criteria 3 and 7.

Works Council is an important instrument for employee participation 
Werner & Mertz has a Works Council which has set its goals to effectively assert and implement the interests of the workforce. The Works Council is responsible for all exempt and non-exempt employees at Werner & Mertz GmbH, Erdal Rex GmbH, Tana-Chemie GmbH and ECC GmbH. Employee participation is encouraged with concrete measures:

Work Council Requirements How Requirements are Fulfilled
Secure jobs Steady, profitable growth
Information on company topics and development Company meetings, reports, posted notices, Internet communication and top-to-bottom passing along of  information relevant to employees  
Opportunities for employees to give input into company processes   Process and Project Management, Culture Workshops,  Idea Management
Maintaining company's good reputation Execution of Frosch Initiative, rigorous adherence to integrally sustainable approach, implementation of certified management systems,  corporate communication, marketing campaigns, public relations and publications
Opportunities for training and acquiring qualifications Strategic personal development and career planning with in the scope of the Learning Organization, competence development discussions
Attractive employer Innovation capabilities, sense of purpose or meaningfulness, health management, attractive remuneration model

Besides the Works Council, Idea Management or the company’s suggestion program, is the central instrument for the participation of all our employees.  Every employee can contribute ideas and suggestions about how to optimize and improve work processes, occupational safety, environmental protection or product-related aspects.  A committee checks the savings potential of the submitted ideas. We appreciate our employees' contributions and honor the implemented suggestions with 20 percent of the saved amount. All ideas chosen over the course of the year are eligible to participate in a year-end prize drawing.    

Foreign Sites
The Werner & Mertz Group conducts business at its Mainz site in Germany and at  a second production site in Hallein, Austria. In both countries comprehensive labor laws are in effect. Therefore, major risks in the area of employee rights cannot be identified. So that we remain informed of changes to laws and potential risks, the Werner & Mertz Group has its own legal department and a company-wide legal registry that is updated monthly.

Supplier Code of Conduct based on International Standards
Werner & Mertz has introduced a Supplier Code of Conduct for business partners in order to prevent risks which arise from our business activities, business relationships and our products and services and to preclude any negative effects on employment rights in the supply chain. The code deals with basic principles that are firmly anchored by the company's core value "sustainability" (with the three-pillar model). They include respect for human rights, providing socially acceptable working conditions, ethical behavior in business life and implementation of environmental standards. We get our orientation from the following conventions and standards:

The Werner & Mertz Group expects that suppliers and service providers will accept responsibility for adhering to these principles and will promote and monitor their observance in their own supply chains.