Forward-looking Human Resources Policy
Our forward-looking Human Resources policy contributes to ensuring the international competitiveness of the K+S Group. This is based on the future-oriented development of specialists and managers, which begins with the early securing of new talent.
We want to be an attractive employer for employees from all over the world. We offer jobs in a high performing network, which ranges from Chile through the United States, Canada and Europe to Singapore. In addition to exciting tasks, we offer our employees extensive opportunities for advanced education and international development, performance-related pay and participation in the success of the Company.
Proportion of women in management positions
K+S has signed up to a voluntary commitment on the part of the 30 DAX-listed companies to increase the proportion of women in management positions. In Germany, by 2020, we want to increase the number of female managers by about 30%. The proportion of women in management positions would then be around 10% and correspond to the proportion of women in the total workforce of K+S in Germany. This Company-specific setting of goals takes into account the high degree of our Company’s production related nature as well as the very large proportion of jobs underground in our mines.
Pursuant to legal regulations in Germany (Sec. 64a of the German Federal Mining Act – BBergG), these jobs were for a long time reserved for male employees. Only as of 31 July 2009 did the legislator revoke this regulation without replacing it. It is our ambition to interest more women in technical professions; already in summer 2010, we began to train our first female mining technologists.
In 2012, the proportion of female employees in the K+S Group was 11.7 % (2011: 10.9 %), in Germany 8.9% (2011: 8.5%) and at administrative sites on average 40.4% (2011: 37.8%). The proportion of female managers across the Group was 11.3% (2011: 9.7 %) and in Germany 10.0% (2011: 8.6 %). With regard to the voluntary commitment K+S has reached the target corridor. Considering the challenge of demographic change, we are going to pursue this goal and to work on its achievement in the next years.