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.

Equal opportunity, one of our core values, is incorporated in our Code of Conduct for our employees. As an international company, Werner & Mertz diligently promotes diversity and creates a highly varied work environment that allows people with different backgrounds to develop fully, perform to the best of their ability and accelerate our innovations. Our fundamental objective is to encourage and support every single employee on the basis of his own personality, independent of any diversity criteria. Specific, measurable goals, including timeframes and progress status are not currently available for equal opportunity.  

Werner & Mertz is a company that takes a holistic view of each employee, pays attention to equal opportunity and speaks out against discrimination. Employees are objectively selected exclusively for their qualifications, talent and skills and their potential fit with our corporate culture – and not on the basis of age, gender, skin color, ethnicity, culture, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ideology or other factors which lawmakers deem discriminatory. The same principles apply in our day-to-day cooperation and in the support and development of our employees. It is expected that every employee – and every candidate who goes through the application process in our company – is treated fairly and respectfully and is not discriminated against, bullied or harassed. Immediate action is taken in cases of violations.    

We also consider it very important to pay a fair wage and to help our employees to reconcile the demands of work and family, which we support through targeted measures. We guarantee appropriate remuneration of our employees covered by IG BCE tariff agreements and of exempt employees subject to agreements made with the Works Council. To help employees better manage family and job, we offer personally tailored part-time models and support with care of family members or other special life situations. On site we have a Parent-Child Office to further simplify reconciling family matters with job responsibilities.    

With regard to integration, we help young people to find apprenticeships and trainee positions via the StartPlus Program, which has assisted many young refugees. Several trainees have successfully completed their technical training and have obtained jobs in our company. In addition, an Integration Committee working in the company area "Inclusion" looks after the interests of severely disabled employees.