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.

The responsibility to promote equal opportunities can be derived directly from our corporate principles (see criteria 1-3). This contains our commitment to the preservation of human rights, the protection against discrimination, and the respect for different cultures and religions. We are involved in funding projects for societal cohesion and community.

In many areas of our business activities, we make special efforts for children and seniors, or any people who are notably dependent on support. We enable them to participate and provide them with development opportunities.

Along with the KulturKindergartens and our senior and care facilities from Kursana, we also cater for schools and care home facilities, and are active in the office and facility management of schools and other educational institutions.

We would like to expand our cooperation with the "Joblinge" initiative, a project against youth unemployment in Germany, which supports young, disadvantaged people at the beginning of their professional lives.

With a view to our employees, we also support the equal opportunity of men and women through different flexible working time models (e.g. part-time) and promote this when filling management positions: the only decisive factor is qualifications. The measures correspond with SDG 5 "Gender Equality," which aims to end all discrimination against women and girls and, among other things, increase the participation of women and their equal opportunity in the assumption of leadership roles in political, economic, and public life.

The intranet serves as an informational platform for all employees and supports their integration into the company's processes and their involvement in the group’s sustainability management efforts.

With regard to health protection, regular instructional training is given in the especially hygienesensitive fields of activity.

Due to the heterogeneity of the markets and customers described in Criteria 3 and an inconsistent basis of data, no consolidated sustainability objectives have existed at the Group level up to now. It is part of the implementation strategy to develop and implement these with a view to the next reporting years. To this end, in a first step a set of sustainability indicators is to be defined and subsequently decided on based on their relevance.