Arbonia practices a dynamic, open corporate culture and creates a pleasant, appreciative and supportive working environment. Wages, social benefits, employment level, contractual conditions and compensation comply with the principles of a responsible group. The positive work environment results in motivated and satisfied employees, which not only increases competitiveness but also reduces the gross fluctuation rate (including retirements). This was reduced further at Arbonia in the reporting year – from 10.7% in the previous year to 9.8% in 2021. To maintain and optimise the high level as a fair employer in line with the market, Arbonia regularly compares itself with other internationally operating companies of a similar size.
The diversity of employees, their equal opportunity, non-discrimination, as well as equal treatment in the company have great importance at Arbonia – regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion, or impairment. Although the labour market is regulated somewhat differently in each country, at Arbonia, the overarching guidelines of the group and the divisions apply at all sites.
Close social partnership
The close cooperation with employee representatives in all countries is a decisive factor for the commercial success of Arbonia. In Switzerland, the collective labour agreement of the Swiss mechanical, electrical and metalworking industries (Swissmem) is applied at all companies – unless other mandatory collective labour agreements are valid. The contacts with the social partners in Switzerland therefore generally take place via this association, with which all companies in Switzerland are affiliated. The code of conduct (see "Ethics & integrity", p. 45), the salary system, leadership development, collective labour agreements and wage agreements as well as strategic guidelines for human resources management are approved by the Board of Directors and consistently implemented across all levels down to the local sites. The group supports the divisions in succession planning and leadership development just as much as in collecting key performance indicators to review the effectiveness of measu-res taken. If necessary, personnel issues are also discussed and addressed across divisions.