We value co-determination
Working together: thyssenkrupp cooperates professionally with all stakeholders in its environment. In particular when it comes to protecting our own workforce and the issue of co-determination.
At thyssenkrupp it goes without saying that we listen to others, allow opinions and respect them. We maintain an open and respectful dialogue - with colleagues, employee representatives, unions, customers, investors and competitors. This is reflected, for example, in our International Framework Agreement. This is an agreement concluded by thyssenkrupp AG, the Group Works Council, IG Metall and the world federation of industrial unions "IndustriALL Global Union" in 2015. The agreement includes principles
on good occupational health and safety
on opportunities for professional and personal development
the right to adequate remuneration
the prohibition of child labor and forced labor
prohibition of discrimination of any kind.
A special feature is that we monitor and follow up the worldwide implementation of the agreement: thyssenkrupp has created a dedicated contact point where suspected violations can be reported. In addition, an international committee involving the Group Works Council, European Works Council and trade union has been set up with the task of intervening and developing solutions in the event of violations or disputes.
Two levels of co-determination
In general, close cooperation based on trust with employee representatives is characteristic of thyssenkrupp. In this context it is important to know that employee codetermination in Germany is governed by the Works Constitution Act. At thyssenkrupp this is implemented at two levels:
In the businesses of the corporate group (business level), the interests of employees are represented by the local works councils or central works councils.
At the level of the corporate group (Group level) we maintain an active social partnership with the Group Works Council (KBR).
In addition, we exchange views on various topics with the respective specialist committees of the KBR and jointly draw up works agreements and guidelines that affect the entire Group.
Under the terms of corporate co-determination, the interests of employees are represented on the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp AG in accordance with the statutory provisions by the representation of ten employees (including one person representing senior executives). This means that the employee representatives make up half the members of the Supervisory Board. The other ten members are representatives of the stockholders.
European Works Council (EWC)
The European Works Council (EWC) is the body for social dialogue and the representation of employees' interests at European level. On the basis of the "Agreement on European Dialogue and the Information and Consultation of Employees in the European Group Companies", we inform the EWC in advance of significant operational changes, provided they have a transnational dimension. Members of the Executive Board regularly attend EWC meetings and are available for explanations and discussions. In addition to the requirements of the Works Constitution Act, we have set up works council working groups at segment level, whose members are regularly informed about segment-specific issues.
Employee Pulse Check
Employee opinion surveys are among the most important tools for developing our corporate culture transparently and credibly. For this reason a Groupwide annual employee survey was introduced at thyssenkrupp in fiscal year 2020/21 - the so-called "Employee Pulse Check". In this short survey employees answer questions on their general satisfaction and on the success factors of change, leadership, culture and communication.
All employees who work in a company that participates in the survey can take part. In 2022 this was 85 percent of all thyssenkrupp companies. The participation rate of our employees in April 2022 was 48 percent, an improvement of three percent on the previous year's participation.
Oliver Burkhard, CHRO thyssenkrupp
Speaking one's mind openly enriches our corporate culture enormously