The majority of our workforce is represented by bodies such as employee committees, works councils or unions, or is subject to collective labor agreements. In Germany, where we employ 42% of our workforce, we cooperate with employee representatives in all divisions where works councils have been formed. In fact, half of our Supervisory Board consists of elected employee representatives.
The primary responsibility for managing local employee representatives and trade unions rests with the divisions at a country and local site level. At the global level we engage in regular dialogue with international union federations such as the UNI Global Union (UNI) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
In the reporting year we met with representatives from UNI and ITF on four occasions as called for in the Joint Statement concluded in 2014 by the German National Contact Point (NCP) of the OECD, Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNI and ITF. The majority of follow-up actions from the OECD Joint Statement have now been closed. The OECD Specific Instance Process will be concluded in a meeting with all parties concerned in the first quarter 2016 at the NCP office in Berlin. Independently from this, the dialogue with the global union federations will be continued in 2016.