Human Resources Work

Given our company’s strong growth in recent years, forward-looking, active human resources (HR) work plays an important role.

Mirroring the strong operational growth at Marquard & Bahls, the number of employees has increased steadily in the past, though headcount has fallen slightly in the past three years due, among other things, to restructuring in the EPC sector and the sale of companies. In 2016 – including employees from all non-consolidated and affiliated companies – we employed 8,081 people at year-end, and 8,198 employees on average.

Average number of employees, split into operational and administrative staff

Average number of employees, split into operational and administrative staff

Average annual distribution of employees by region (2016)

Average annual distribution of employees by region (2016)


Detailed indicators are published in our annual Sustainability Report.

The overarching goal of the HR Department is to partner with the operating companies as well as the departments of our holding company to deliver efficient solutions that give our employees the framework for best contributing to the success of the company. Roles and responsibilities are divided between the regional and the three central HR teams. For example, the HR Processes & Systems team is developing a global Talent Management System (peopleWeb), that will allow for a more detailed analysis of the global workforce in the future. The system was rolled out further during the course of 2015.

Equal Opportunity

We see diversity as a key to success, both in our lines of business and among our employees. We aim to further increase diversity within our company by employing both male and female employees from many different cultures.

Employees from 55 nations work for us around the world.

All employees can anonymously report cases of discrimination, harassment or other violations of the Code of Conduct to the central Code of Conduct Team and via the CARE Platform at any time.

Employee Assistance Program

As part of our efforts to offer employees support in various life situations, Marquard & Bahls signed a contract for an external Employee Assistance Program (EAP). These consultants can be contacted 24/7 regarding practical, legal or emotional matters, professional or personal. The consultants analyze the situation and support employees with further steps – strictly confidentially and anonymously, of course. This service is available to all employees in Germany as well as to family members living in the household.

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