ElringKlinger is opposed to any form of discrimination and is committed to social diversity and responsibility. The Group eats, sleeps, and breathes these principles through a number of projects. For example, it works in close cooperation with the BruderhausDiakonie Foundation and the associated disabled persons’ workshops in Dettingen/Erms, which handle end-to-end processes for the company's Aftermarket division. At the company site in Buford, USA, too, people with disabilities perform assembly, sorting, and packaging tasks, providing them with an environment in which they are included in working life.
Additionally, ElringKlinger offers a summer vacation program for children of parents working within the Group. It is carried out in collaboration with BruderhausDiakonie. The inclusive groups are supported, among others, by our vocational trainees as part of their community-based internships. After all, in keeping with the thoughts of German president Richard von Weizsäcker, it's normal for ElringKlinger to be different.
Alongside company sports groups that meet outside working hours, ElringKlinger's occupational health management program also includes health-related measures implemented at the place of work. An external physiotherapist has analyzed the company's workspaces and work processes at the site in Dettingen/Erms, drawn up ergonomic exercises for personnel, and implemented an ongoing training program. At the same time, selected staff members have been trained as "multipliers" so that they can maintain a steady level of awareness with regard to this topic and ensure regular training.
We plan to extend the workplace analysis to other areas of the company. A project that has caught on!
The "Leadership on the move" program focuses on systematically nurturing and promoting leadership at a managerial level. It consists of several modules that embrace leadership principles such as clarity and openness, respect of personality traits and opinions, the ability to work in cooperation with others, and how to discharge responsibilities. Interdisciplinary thinking is supported by joint projects that bring together a broad range of people and allow the various divisions and departments to interact.
The program took place for the eighth time in 2015 and included 103 managers from all areas of the company. Leadership needs nurturing!