Responsible Treatment of Independent Contractors, External Partners and Interns - Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Independent Contractors

Responsible Treatment of Independent Contractors, External Partners and Interns

Bertelsmann operates in businesses that are often subject to short-term fluctuations. This requires a high degree of flexibility both from the company and its employees. In order to produce quality content and services, our company regularly employs the skills and talents of independent contractors to supplement our permanent staff. They support and boost our performance with their specialized expertise for a limited time, and we fully appreciate this level of commitment and availability. We strive to treat all workers with respect and honesty and to create a working environment in which people can develop and contribute – regardless of contractual status.

A Fair Company for Interns

In addition to our Group's own apprenticeship and degree programs, we offer university students and those in comparable training opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience through organized internships.

Bertelsmann is a member of the "Fair Company" initiative and fully implements its five rules defined for the protection of trainees and interns. For instance, we will not replace any full-time employee with interns at Bertelsmann. A personal mentor supervises interns throughout their progress – and interns receive fair remuneration according to previous experience and level of studies.

Outstanding trainees can also be nominated for inclusion in the "Student Challenge" trainee retention program, offering ten to 15 international top talents an opportunity to participate in a series of workshops at our companies over a period of two to three years.