Minister von der Leyen and State Secretary Dagmar Wohrl present “Work and Family Certificate” to RWE

Top Quote On 17 June, Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen and State Secretary Dagmar Wöhrl presented RWE AG with the “Work and Family Certificate” in Berlin. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 20, 2009 - This was an endorsement of the special contribution made by Germany’s largest electricity producer to the wellbeing of employees and their families. “We’re conducting the audit again so as to develop our family-oriented human resources policies even further. This is a very important aspect of staff motivation and successful forward planning”, said Christina Ostkamp, head of the Industrial Relations department in the Human Resources division.

    The company already has key human resources instruments in place such as highly flexible part-time models and modern target agreements. Other projects like the setting up of a child care facility for under-three year olds and the development of a centre for children during school holidays put the company in the vanguard of progressive human resources policy. Additional programmes such as a much broader system of internal communication for parents are to be added in the near future. Events like trainee-parent days are further examples of ways in which the families of staff are integrated. Other already existing concepts for child care and long-term care for family members (elder care programme) are to be developed further.

    The non-profit Hertie Foundation initiated the “Work and Family” audit in 1998 and founded the “berufundfamilie gGmbH”, a work and family non-profit organisation. Since then, the organisation has been responsible for all activities of the foundation in this area and decides on the recipients of the audit certificates.

    Since 2005, the “Research Centre for Family-oriented Personnel Policy” (FFP) has been studying the effects of family-friendly measures in companies on behalf of the non-profit organisation.

    The empirical study produced by the FFP provided scientific evidence that a family-oriented staffing policy reduces the number of employees on sick leave and staff fluctuation. There is also an improvement in recruitment of qualified staff and the corporate image is enhanced.

    Jan-Peter Schwartz
    Head of External Communications

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