We have anchored the prohibition of discrimination in our Code of Conduct. In this context, we pay particular attention to the provisions of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG). More information on how to deal with violations of the Code of Conduct, including discrimination, is provided in Chapter B.5.2.1. Bilfinger has reaffirmed this attitude toward cultural diversity and equal opportunity – combined with the obligation to promote their implementation in the company – by joining the "Diversity Charter" association in the 2021 financial year.
The preparation of a concept was initiated in financial year 2021, the development phase of which will be continued in the coming financial year. With regard to the sustainable integration of diversity at Bilfinger, the concept focuses on the following three areas: Recruiting & Succession Planning, Training & Development as well as Communication. In accordance with the model of the seven diversity dimensions of the Diversity Charter, Bilfinger pursues a comprehensive approach with a broad range of measures to promote diversity. This does not focus exclusively on individual, selected diversity factors, but also includes experience, knowledge and skills in addition to individual personal characteristics.
We promote diversity in order to take full advantage of employee potential and encourage the conscious development of personal diversity in the sense of an appreciative and productive approach to differences in the Group.
Within the framework of the focus areas mentioned above, it was possible to expand existing individual measures in a bundled framework in the 2021 financial year. At the same time, additional measures were initiated. The measures in the focus area “Recruiting & Succession Planning” target a more intensive consideration of diversity in recruiting and promotion processes. The latter was supported in particular by the establishment of a new global role, “Talent Partner”, and global, internal marketplaces.
The focus of the global Bilfinger Mentoring Program, relaunched in financial year 2021, fosters the exchange of experience between less experienced and professionally experienced employees from different business segments and countries in order to support the transfer of knowledge as well as perspective changes in a sustainable manner within the Bilfinger Group. We believe that the Bilfinger Mentoring Program is a perfect addition to the existing mentoring program to promote women in management positions.
An international outlook and cultural diversity are part of everyday life at a globally active company like Bilfinger, with employees from a total of 115 nations. In order to strengthen intercultural cooperation and reduce unconscious bias, employees are offered a wide range of further education and training opportunities. In addition, the Group supports temporary assignments to international locations or special job rotation programs that promote the transfer of knowledge between different locations while at the same time facilitating cultural openness.
In order to make diversity at Bilfinger visible and tangible for current and future employees, the "People@Bilfinger" and "TeamBilfinger" portrait series introduces employees from different regions or backgrounds through various internal and external communication channels, thus providing a model approach to strengthening diversity at Bilfinger.
In the future, collaboration with the individual managers responsible for HR processes will be intensified to review our HR processes, identify further measures, and ensure that these processes reflect the diverse skills and talents of all employees as well as our own performance objectives.