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Germany’s Best Employers 2006 - SICK receives another special award - Vice-Chancellor Franz Müntefering hands over prize for “Promoting the employment of older personnel”
Berlin/Waldkirch, 2 February 2006 – SICK AG is again one of Germany’s most attractive employers in 2006. In the category of companies with 501 to 5,000 employees, SICK AG came tenth in the competition to find “GERMANY’S BEST EMPLOYERS 2006”.

Five special prizes were awarded parallel to the ranking of companies within three size classes. SICK AG received the special prize for “Promoting the employment of older personnel” from Vice-Chancellor Franz Müntefering. “The award stands for the deliberate policy of effectively integrating and promoting the employment of older personnel within the company, and making use of their potential through work organisation measures and training. The measures were further developed within the framework of a research project,” according to the jury. SICK AG and Freiburg’s College of Education worked together on a new personnel development programme in order to find out how employees learn best and can best exploit their abilities during different life phases.

Last year SICK won the special prize for “Lifelong learning”. This concept in itself implies promoting the employment of personnel in all age groups.

The competition’s background

In 2001, the EU Commission authorised the Great Place to Work Europe Consortium to find the best employers in the EU – with the aim of making employers and the public more aware of corporate social responsibility (in particular: lifelong learning, gender equality, and the promotion of diversity), as well as the topic of employee orientation.

The German competition “Germany’s Best Employers” was contested in 2006 for the fourth time, and was again carried out by the business magazine Capital, as the media partner, and the Cologne-based research and consultancy institute, psychonomics AG.

Three leagues

165 companies were assessed by their employees. Just 110 took part last year. In the contest to attract enthusiastic and highly qualified employees a good ranking in this competition has become highly sought-after by many companies, which has led to a shift in the top places in particular. “The best have grown in depth and width,” Frank Hauser of Great Place to Work Institute Germany quotes Berti Vogts, former trainer of the Germany’s national football team.

Almost 50,000 employees completed the questionnaires. The victors: SAP AG from Walldorf won again in the class with more than 5,000 employees. Top amongst the companies with 501 to 5,000 employees was a first-time winner, membrane producer W. L. Gore & Associates. First in the group with up to 500 personnel was the IT company Consol Software, which was also the overall victor of the competition.

The announcement of Germany’s Best Employers 2006 took place at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin.

Further information on the competition can be found at www.greatplacetowork.de and in Capital 4/2006.

SICK AG is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial use. The company, founded in 1946 and based in Waldkirch-im-Breisgau, Germany, employs over 4,000 personnel worldwide and achieved Group sales of EUR 538 m. in 2004. You can obtain further information on SICK on the Internet at http://www.sick.com or by phone at +49 (0)7681 202-3873.