Acting in partnership
A key pillar of our HR policy that we practice worldwide is close cooperation between employee representatives and management, including trade unions and employers’ associations, in line with the principle of active codetermination. This means that we also comply with the ILO convention in respecting our employees’ freedom of association and valid collective agreements, as confirmed by our membership of the Global Compact. Worldwide, more than 68% of our employees are covered by the terms of collective agreements; in Germany, this figure is nearly 90%.
We maintain a close dialogue with employee representative bodies in Germany, Europe and around the world to regularly discuss our corporate goals and involve these bodies in organizational change processes at an early stage. The European Forum in particular serves as a platform for codetermination and dialogue in Europe. It brings together members of the LANXESS works councils from across the continent and the company’s management in an annual meeting lasting several days. In addition, the Executive Committee of the European Forum meets with company representatives several times throughout the year to maintain an ongoing exchange on current issues. In accordance with the German Works Constitution Act, LANXESS is obliged to inform the Works Council fully and in good time of any planned operational changes which could result in material disadvantage to all or substantial parts of the workforce. This does not affect the provision of information about the company’s economic affairs to the Economics Committee. We fully comply with these legal obligations with respect to the responsible bodies. In Germany, the notification period is four weeks.