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Germany’s Best Employers 2007 - Excellent workplaces at SICK - Federal Minister Franz Müntefering presents
Berlin/Waldkirch, 14 February 2007 – SICK AG is again one of Germany’s most attractive employers in 2007. Overall, the company took seventh place in the competition to find ”GERMANY’S BEST EMPLOYERS 2007”.

Five special prizes were awarded parallel to the ranking of companies in three size classes. SICK AG received the special ”Equal Opportunities” prize from the Federal Minister for Em-ployment and Social Affairs.

The jury awarded the special prize to SICK for its exemplary processes for supporting personnel regardless of their age and gender, and on the company’s family-friendly orientation. Both the results of the employee questionnaire and the evaluation of the processes involved confirmed this. Last year SICK AG won a special prize for the targeted promotion of older personnel.

”We are delighted about the special prize for ‘Equal Opportunities’ and see it as confirmation of our personnel policy, with its long-term orientation, which is based upon our employees’ individ-ual careers,” declared Markus Vatter, Executive Board member with responsibility for Finance & Human Resources at SICK AG. ”From the training of young people, through a range of facilities for young families, to programmes for older employees, SICK pays special attention to the chal-lenges faced during each stage of life, and offers needs-oriented programmes that benefit both the personnel and the company.”

The competition’s background
The Great Place to Work® Institute carries out the ”Best Employers” competition every year in more than 29 countries worldwide. The competitions ”Germany’s Best Employers” and ”Best Employer in the Health Sector” take place in Germany. The ”Germany’s Best Employer” compe-tition was contested in 2007 for the fifth time and was again carried out by the business maga-zine Capital as the media partner, and the Cologne-based research and consultancy institute psychonomics AG. SICK AG is one of the few companies that has taken part in all five competi-tions and has always been placed within the ten best in its category.

Three leagues
198 companies were assessed by their employees. A total of over 38,000 personnel completed the evaluation questionnaires. The winners: SAP AG from Walldorf again came top in the class with more than 5,000 employees. In first place among the companies with 501 to 5,000 person-nel was Cisco Systems GmbH, which was also the overall winner of the competition. The group with up to 500 staff was won by Consol Software GmbH.

The announcement of Germany’s Best Employers 2007 took place at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin on 13 February 2007. Further information on the competition can be found at www.greatplacetowork.de and in Capital 5/2007.

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, em-ploys over 4,300 personnel worldwide and achieved Group sales of EUR 594 m. in 2005. You can obtain further information on SICK on the Internet at http://www.sick.com or by phone at +49 (0)7681 202-3873.