15. Equal Opportunities

The company discloses in what way it has implemented national and international processes and what goals it has for the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity, occupational health and safety, participation rights, the integration of migrants and people with disabilities, fair pay as well as a work-life balance and how it will achieve these.

With our corporate values of passion, courage, trust, reliability, openness, responsibility and loyalty, we stand for a modern and tolerant company in which discrimination of any kind has no place. We value the contribution of our employees to the success of our company and attach great importance to equal opportunities. Our corporate culture is characterized by the great diversity of our employees in terms of nationality, gender, age and work experience. When filling vacancies, we focus exclusively on the competence, performance and potential of the applicants. Our goal is to ensure fair and performance-related compensation for all employees. We have developed internal salary bands for this purpose and review salaries at least once a year to avoid differences in remuneration between employees. In addition to the monthly salary, our employees also participate in the company's success in the form of a bonus system. In 2019, we will develop and publish specific promotion criteria with the aim of presenting a transparent and comparable depiction of internal development opportunities. 
As an employer, cosnova takes its responsibility and duty of care towards its employees very seriously and therefore finances a comprehensive pension program for its permanent employees, such as subsidized company pension schemes or capital-forming benefits. Health care is an important topic, and a wide variety of free measures are offered here as well. These range from preventative check-ups and vaccinations to the provision of an in-house fitness studio including endurance and strength equipment as well as a wide range of fitness courses. In addition, a private accident insurance policy and a basic care plan paid for by cosnova in the event of occupational disability round off the range of additional benefits we offer. Due to our employee structure, it is our goal to constantly improve the compatibility of work and family. Here we offer a variety of supporting measures, such as flexible working hours, mobile working, the payment of a day-care subsidy, a supportive family service (PME), paid childhood illness days and one-week of holiday activities for employees’ children, which will be offered for the first time starting in 2019.