Differences enrich us and make the company successful
At König + Neurath, we employ people of diverse ethnic origins, skin colour, nationality, gender identity, religion and ideology. We offer everyone the same working conditions, don’t put anyone at an advantage or disadvantage, and we value everyone equally. As at 31.12.2021, when we collected the data, we employed colleagues from 28 nations.
The attitude of König + Neurath is clear – and it is described in the Code of Conduct:
“The directors, supervisory board and employees are loyal to the company and its goals. They are the central success factors of the company and every employee is respected. All employees should treat each other with high regard, mutual understanding, openness and fairness.
Discrimination and harassment are not tolerated and no one may be treated favourably or unfavourably or harassed because of their ethnic origins, skin colour, nationality, gender, religion or philosophy, or other characteristics protected by law.”
The works council ensures compliance with the Code of Conduct. They ensure compliance with employees’ rights and mediate in the event of disputes. The purpose of this strategy is to maintain fairness between the employer and employee, and also across the workforce as a peer group.
Section 80 of the Works Constitution Act describes the general responsibilities of the works council. These include implementation of equal treatment of men and women, integration of people with disabilities and other vulnerabilities, employment of older people in the workplace, integration of foreign workers, and supporting communication between these employees and the German workforce. Taking action against racism and xenophobia are also part of the works council remit.
König + Neurath has developed a complaints system that allows employees to pass information to the works council anonymously. There are post boxes, known as “Black Boxes” located around the company, which can be used to communicate grievances. The post boxes are emptied regularly by the works council.
Furthermore the Code of Conduct provides for reporting compliance breaches. The following provisions are included:
“König + Neurath expects employees and business partners to inform the board of directors, supervisory board, immediate superior or compliance officer of any compliance breaches that come to their attention. [...] There will be no retaliation or discrimination against anyone who reports an incident within these terms.”