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Our Employees

Our employees are the foundation of our success and of our corporate culture. We therefore want to position ourselves as a fair employer with strong ethical principles and support company growth by recruiting qualified employees and providing them with a diverse and healthy working environment.

We encourage our employees to take responsibility, promote equal opportunities and diversity, and invest in our employees’ professional development. Short decision paths and entrepreneurial thought and action set us apart. Although we act as independent business areas, we are linked in a strategic network. We strive to cultivate a shared “company group feeling” while still preserving the operating units’ respective cultures. These priorities are anchored in our strategic approach and are fleshed out with specific measures and programs in our HR work. On the one hand, our HR work includes the careful selection of suitable candidates and the continuous development and training of our employees and managers. On the other hand, the wellbeing of our employees and contractors is a top priority.

At the end of 2019, we employed 6,715 people including the employees from all not fullyconsolidated and associated companies (2018: 7,651) with an annual average of 6,857 employees (2018: 7,890). The number of employees thus declined by more than twelve percent at year-end. The reason behind this was the sale of companies as part of the portfolio adjustment, including the sale of the service station business Tirex (Moldova), the two UBT bulk storage facilities in the USA, the minority stake in natGAS, and expiring contracts for the operation and maintenance of tank terminals in Peru and India.

Average number of employees, divided by operational and administrative staff
Average number of employees, divided by operational and administrative staff


Detailed indicators are published in our annual Sustainability Report.

Labor Standards

Compliance with the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) is laid down in our binding Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we determine here that salaries shall be regulated based solely on qualifications, performance, and other work-related factors such as responsibility, skill, and experience. Factors such as gender, age, race, religion, marital status, or disability have no influence on salaries. In addition to the competitive base salary, we voluntarily offer comprehensive supplementary benefits, and in most countries in which we operate, we offer a voluntary, additional employer-financed company pension.

Moreover, we abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations (UN) protocols, protecting human rights within our sphere of influence.

Equal Opportunity

We are proud to have people from 71 countries as employees of our company.

We regard diversity as an invaluable commodity and a central resource for innovation and competitiveness and we seek to foster it in our workforce. Similarly, the application and promotion of equal opportunities and equal treatment without discrimination are part of our corporate culture and are set out in our Code of Conduct.

In the event of discrimination, harassment or other violations of the Code of Conduct, all employees can report anonymously at any time using the CARE platform.

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.

Key Facts

  • 6,700

    employees
    worldwide

  • 70

    nationalities

  • 40

    junior staff
    in Germany

Code of Conduct

16 principles concerning our people, our business conduct, our assets, and our commitment...  more

Sustainability Report

Detailed reporting about sustainability and responsibility...
more