Making Responsibility Measurable - Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Making Responsibility Measurable

Based on the guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), we record relevant key CR-related indicators that provide a quick look at our performance and the progress we've made. These facilitate analysis and comparisons, but most importantly track the steady improvement of corporate responsibility at Bertelsmann.

  • Business
  • Employees
  • Environment

Growth and safeguarding the company’s continuity are the basis of our corporate responsibility.

Key Financials of the Bertelsmann Group

Key Figures (IFRS)          
in € millions 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Business Development          
Group revenues 16,950 17,141 16,675 16,179 16,065
Operating EBITDA 2,568 2,485 2,374 2,311 2,210
EBITDA margin in percent1) 15.1 14.5 14.2 14.3 13.8
Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2) 147 155 188 283 362
Group profit 1,137 1,108 572 885 612
Investments3) 1,240 1,259 1,578 1,312 655
           
Consolidated Balance Sheet          
Equity 9,895 9,434 8,380 8,761 6,083
Equity ratio in percent 41.6 41.2 38.9 40.9 32.2
Total assets 23,794 22,908 21,560 21,418 18,864
Net financial debt 2,625 2,765 1,689 681 1,218
Economic debt4) 5,913 5,609 6,039 4,216 4,773
Leverage factor 2.5 2.4 2.7 2.0 2.3
           
Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders 180 180 180 180 180
Distribution on profit participation certificates 44 44 44 44 44
Employee profit sharing 105 95 85 101 92

Figures until 2015 are the most recently reported previous year's figures. Rounding may result in minor variations in the calculation of percentages.

1) Operating EBITDA as a percentage of revenues.
2) Bertelsmann uses the BVA as a strictly defined key performance indicator to evaluate the profitability of the operating business and the return on investment.
3) Taking into account the financial debt assumed, investments amounted to €1,244 million (2015: €1,281 million).
4) Net financial debt less 50 percent of the par value of the hybrid bonds plus pension provisions, profit participation capital and present value of operating leases.

Each day, about 116,000 employees around the world work to further our company’s success and development. Find out more about age structure, gender distribution, number of apprenticeships and other indicators.

Employee Figures of the Bertelsmann Group

as of December 31, 2016

Employee distribution

headcount, worldwide

    RTL Group Penguin Random House Gruner + Jahr BMG Arvato Bertelsmann Printing Group Bertelsmann Education Group Bertelsmann Investments Corporate Group
Germany 2016 4,206 908 8,738 161 21,392 5,941 24 17 1,749 43,136
Other European countries 2016 7,848 2,917 2,041 237 28,122 477 4 0 1,238 42,884
North America 2016 846 5,276 2 186 3,668 1,591 1,456 6 63 13,094
Central and South America 2016 9 356 37 0 2,072 0 0 0 10 2,484
Africa 2016 0 101 0 0 5,417 0 0 0 0 5,518
Asia 2016 158 449 59 2 7,792 129 4 5 39 8,637
Australia and New Zealand 2016 83 587 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 681
Total 2016 13,150 10,594 10,877 597 68,463 8,138 1,488 28 3,099 116,434

Basis: employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31, 2016

Personnel costs
in € millions 2016 2015 2014 2013
Wages and salaries 4,230 4,268 4,054 3,938
Statutory social security contributions 689 694 661 646
Expenses for pensions and similar obligations 149 160 119 109
Profit sharing 105 95 85 101
Other employee benefits 202 213 180 172
  5,375 5,430 5,099 4,965

Accident statistics

Germany

  2016 2015 2014 2013
Number of workplace and en route accidents 792 829 749 837
Accidents per 1,000 employees 18.2 17.8 18.3 21.7
Days incapacitated 14,930 16,362 11,022 12,560
Employees 43,477 46,500 40,851 38,611

Basis: Employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31, 2016

Paid and unpaid leave

Germany

  2016 2015 2014 2013
Ø No. of vacation days per employee 26.6 26 26.8 26.9
Ø No. of days of paid sick leave 12.6 12.4 11.0 11.4
Ø No. of days of maternity leave 1.0 0.9 1.1 1.2
Ø No. of days of other paid leave 2.5 3.2 3.4 3.2
Paid leave 42.7 42.5 42.3 42.7
         
Ø No. of unpaid sick days 4.5 4.3 3.9 3.5
Ø No. of days of other types of unpaid leave of absence 0.5 0.7 0.8 0.8
Unpaid leave 5.0 5.0 4.7 4.3
         
Total sick leave1) in % 6.8 6.6 6.0 5.9

1) Sick leave as defined by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA:
Sick leave quote = average number of sick days / target working days
Target workdays = calendar days - Saturdays/Sundays - public holidays (x = 365 - 105 - 10 = 250)

Number of trainees
  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Commercial sector 638 620 631 579 554
Industrial sector 308 291 285 307 308
Dual study 204 196 191 186 178
Volunteers / Student journalists 146 158 205 232 214
Total 1,296 1,265 1,312 1,304 1,254

Basis: Trainees in Germany as of September 30, 2016

Here  you will find data on the carbon footprint, the use of resources and other environmental
indicators at Bertelsmann and its divisions.