GRI 102-8, GRI 103-2, GRI 103-3, GRI 402
50Hertz owes its success entirely to the dedication of its employees. It is the company’s responsibility to help them develop their skills, foster their health and commitment, involve them in decisions and guarantee equal opportunities for all. As part of our ActNow programme, we have set ourselves specific targets in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion and health and safety and have established a series of measures related to these areas. The development of our values-based corporate culture is one of the company’s top objectives; these values form the strategic basis for all staff-related decisions. Within the senior management team, responsibility for strategic staffing issues lies with the Chief Human Resources Officer.
We publish 5-year business plans on an annual basis; these serve as a framework for qualitative and quantitative staff planning. 50Hertz complies with international guidelines which extend beyond its collective agreements and company agreements, such as the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO: C87, C98 and C135) and the worker’s rights set out in the UN Global Compact.
50Hertz is committed to promoting diversity out of conviction and in accordance with ILO Convention 111. 50Hertz is committed to valuing all employees equally regardless of gender, gender identity, country of origin, age, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation, sexual orientation or social origin. Everyone is supported to succeed and can contribute to the lasting success of 50Hertz; employees are only assessed based on their performance, leadership qualities, conduct, knowledge and skills.
50Hertz is a signatory of the Charta der Vielfalt which is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in German companies and institutions. The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture. 50Hertz participated in the nationwide annual Diversity Day for the fourth time in 2021 and raised awareness about the importance of and strength in diversity amongst its employees.
‘Diversity is deeply embedded into 50Hertz’s corporate culture. As a European transmission system operator and as part of Elia Group, we bring people with different national and cultural backgrounds together and are committed to creating an unbiased working environment in which all employees can develop their strengths. This allows us to grow together.’
Diversity means variety; creates contrasts; ensures that healthy exchanges occur; fosters creativity; and is the driver for innovation and progress, so meaning organisations are strengthened. It connects employees together and allows them to grow. During the German Diversity Day, we asked our employees at 50Hertz and Elia what diversity means to them, what difference it makes in their everyday work lives and what actions they would 50Hertz to take in the future to improve diversity across the company.
On average, around 84 employees worked part-time in 2021. The percentage of part-time staff (as of 31/12/2021) was 3.2%.
In 2021, the average age of employees at 50Hertz had fallen slightly compared to the previous year and stood at 42.2 years.