Our Employees

Our employees are our greatest asset because they enable our company’s success. We strive to be a fair employer and support continued business growth by recruiting qualified employees and offering them a varied, healthy work 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 “Marquard & Bahls feeling” while still preserving the companies’ 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.

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.

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 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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