Symrise has defined its sustainable HR policy, which is part of the company’s sustainability strategy under the “Care” pillar, as putting the focus on the employee. Part of the “Care” pillar is the consistent orientation of HR policy on Symrise as a preferred employer (employer-of-choice strategy). In the course of this process, we have focused our HR policy on five main areas:
- Establishing a flexible, innovative and family-oriented work environment
- Creating a transparent, fair and motivating remuneration policy
- Offering attractive benefits such as a company retirement plan and a health management program
- Furthering professional advancement, development and talent management
- Creating a company culture and leadership culture that will increase employee loyalty
This HR policy strives to create an environment for our employees in which they can develop professionally. The goals we have taken on extend from ensuring a safe and healthy work environment with proactive in-house health management to an equitable remuneration policy with a variable, incentive-based component (see the job grade concept including a component geared toward performance).
Like other companies, we also have to tackle the task of positioning ourselves as an appealing company in regard to demographic changes. This includes a high initial training rate of 5.2 % apprentices as a percentage of the German workforce and the award for being a “particularly reliable training company 2017” from the Culture Ministry of Lower Saxony. In order to qualify our next generation of managers, we regularly conduct what we call the Future Generation Leadership Development Program. Here we pay particular attention to a high participation rate for women (at least 40 % of participants).
Through our regularly administered employee engagement surveys – most recently in 2016 – we obtain feedback for how our employees perceive Symrise’s efforts to position itself as a preferred employer. We strive to maintain employee commitment to our company through 2020 at the same level as in our employee engagement surveys from 2012 and 2016. Regularly conducting an employee engagement survey proves that our employees participate deeply in the company and that the company is truly committed to being an employer of choice.