Sustainability report 2019/20


Future-oriented employment as a guarantee of success

Strategic positioning

In exercising social responsibility we focus on the people who are directly and indirectly connected with KHS. First and foremost, these are our employees and their families, our customers and suppliers and the communities where our production sites are located. Here, we are convinced that our success depends on mutual esteem and fair cooperation.

Our employees are our most precious commodity. Success and progress depend on them; they shape the future of our company. KHS thrives on the expertise, commitment and innovative spirit of its entire workforce. This is why we attach the greatest importance to providing good working conditions and an open environment defined by respect and appreciation. This includes specifically involving our personnel in company matters. Our change and improvement processes, for instance, are developed based on our employees’ experience and expertise.

Comprehensive strategy

The biggest challenges to society we face today encompass not just climate change but also the development in our demographic, including the transformation in the availability of the required qualifications that results from this – plus digitalization and the associated general changes this brings to our working environment.

These challenges are addressed by KHS GmbH in the context of its social responsibility.
It has thus implemented a human resources strategy. Embedded in its corporate personnel policy, the KHS GmbH HR strategy defines four fields of action:

  1. Digitalization and process efficiency
  2. Modern working environment
  3. Assurance of skilled labor
  4. Personnel development.

For each of these fields of action we have devised numerous measures that are being implemented step by step. These include, for example, optimizing the recruitment of young professionals through qualification initiatives, fostering potential, strengthening employee loyalty and making HR processes as efficient as possible. The activities that result from the above fields are supplemented by a targeted change management system.

Our employees are at the core of our HR processes. This is why we provide a perfect working environment that protects the health of our personnel and encourages their performance, motivation and productivity. We specifically promote and make especial demands of our high performers and people with potential. The skills and knowledge of our employees hold the greatest value for us. This is why we run an excellent personnel development scheme and outstanding programs of basic and further training. Furthermore, we ensure a specific transfer of knowledge in order to keep our expertise in the company. In all of our activities we take the demands made of our employees specific to their stage of life into account. In doing so, we bring about a change in social priorities within the company.

With our HR strategy we aim to further increase our company’s competitive edge and innovative skills, provide our workforce with optimum chances for advancement and shoulder our responsibility to society. 

Future-oriented employment as a guarantee of success

For KHS, providing someone with a future-oriented, fair and secure job is not only desirable but also of high business relevance. Some of our customers require that we hold certificates on sustainability and social responsibility, for instance. Here, we have been able to provide proof of consistent SEDEX SMETA certification since 2012 and an EcoVadis certificate since 2015. Issues such as labor law and human rights, occupational health and safety, sustainable procurement and environmental management, among others, have also be audited at our company.

The working conditions at our company are also a key deciding factor when attracting new employees. At a time of fierce competition in the drive to recruit and commit specialist workers, we find it both essential and elemental that we offer our personnel an excellent working environment, ensure fair working conditions and hold them in high regard.

At all times we are a reliable and strategic partner for all of the people who work for us. Our work together is built around a performance culture based on trust, respect and esteem and on fair and cooperative partnership. We are convinced that in this way we will also be able to gain good employees for KHS in the future.

Trusting partnership

If we are to work constructively together on an equal footing, it is important to our employees that their interests are represented across a broad spectrum. This is ensured by trade unions, work councils and other employee representative committees according to the legal basis. The Executive Management Board regularly confers with these associations in order to analyze the company’s development and working conditions. This trusting and constructive cooperation has a positive impact on our social standards.

In order to ensure that all regulations that must be observed during company activities are adhered to, such as the relevant laws and our in-house rules (for example, our code of conduct and compliance guidelines), our personnel receive instruction on topics such as compliance and data privacy on a regular basis.

Including our subsidiaries outside Germany in the drawing up of our corporate guidelines and memoranda extends the range of application of our national standards. Internationally applicable standards/regulations thus respect the relevant local provisions.

We are convinced that with our HR strategy and the measures derived from this we are well prepared for the challenges of the future and fully able to shoulder our social responsibility. Under the auspices of our HR strategy we can rapidly adjust to all social changes and in doing so always cater for the needs of our workforce in an appropriate manner. 


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