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

Key Financials of the Bertelsmann Group

Key Figures (IFRS)          
in € millions 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Business Development          
Group revenues 17,190 16,950 17,141 16,675 16,179
Operating EBITDA 2,636 2,568 2,485 2,374 2,311
EBITDA margin in percent1) 15.3 15.2 14.5 14.2 14.3
Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2) 163 180 180 211 298
Group profit 1,198 1,137 1,108 572 885
Investments3) 1,776 1,262 1,293 1,601 1,997
           
Consolidated Balance Sheet          
Equity 9,119 9,895 9,434 8,380 8,761
Equity ratio in percent 38.5 41.6 41.2 38.9 40.9
Total assets 23,705 23,794 22,908 21,560 21,418
Net financial debt 3,479 2,625 2,765 1,689 681
Economic debt4) 6,213 5,913 5,609 6,039 4,216
Leverage factor 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.7 2.0
           
Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders 180 180 180 180 180
Distribution on profit participation certificates 44 44 44 44 44
Employee profit sharing 105 105 95 85 101

Figures prior to 2016 are the most recently reported previous year’s figures. The previous year’s figures for Bertelsmann Value Added and Investments have been adjusted.
Details are presented in the “Alternative Performance Measures” section in the Combined Management Report.
The figures shown in the table are, in some cases, so-called Alternative Performance Measures (APM), which are neither defined nor described in IFRS. Details are presented in the “Alternative Performance Measures” section in the Combined Management Report.
Rounding may result in minor variations in the calculation of percentages.

1) Operating EBITDA as a percentage of revenues.
2) Bertelsmann uses BVA as a strictly defined key performance indicator to evaluate the profitability of the operating business and return on investment. Bertelsmann Value Added is determined without taking into account the Bertelsmann Investments division and thus follows the definition applicable beginning in 2018.
3) Taking into account the financial debt assumed and payments from transactions with non-controlling interests without a change of control.
4) Net financial debt less 50 percent of the par value of the hybrid bonds plus pension provisions, profit participation capital and the present value of operating leases.

Employee Figures of the Bertelsmann Group


as of December 31, 2017 (unless otherwise specified)

Age Distribution
  Supervisory Board1) Executive Board1) GMC1) Top
Management2)3)
Senior
Management2)4)
in % 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015
<25 Jahre years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0 n/a
26-30 Jahre years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 1 n/a
31-35 Jahre years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 3 n/a
36-40 Jahre years 7 6 0 0 0 0 3 n/a 14 n/a
41-45 Jahre years 7 6 0 0 13 13 26 n/a 25 n/a
46-50 Jahre years 0 6 50 60 25 44 28 n/a 29 n/a
51-55 Jahre years 27 31 50 40 31 13 26 n/a 18 n/a
56-60 Jahre years 20 6 0 0 13 13 11 n/a 7 n/a
61-65 Jahre years 13 25 0 0 13 19 3 n/a 3 n/a
>65 Jahre years 27 19 0 0 6 0 3 n/a 1 n/a

1) Basis: Members of the bodies as of December 31
2) Top and senior management are defined as those positions that are of particular importance for corporate talent management because of their success-critical function and their strategic relevance for the Group's continued transformation and the achievement of its strategic targets. Top management positions include the GMC positions, but not the Executive Board positions.
3) Basis: employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31; with age indication (98%)
4) Basis: employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31; with age indication (80%)

Personnel costs
in € millions 2017 2016 2015 2014
Wages and salaries 4,368 4,230 4,268 4,054
Statutory social security contributions 714 689 694 661
Expenses for pensions and similar obligations 138 149 160 119
Profit sharing 105 105 95 85
Other employee benefits 216 202 213 180
  5,541 5,375 5,430 5,099

Accident statistics

Germany

  2017 2016 2015 2014
Number of workplace and en route accidents 831 792 829 749
Accidents per 1,000 employees 19.1 18.2 17.8 18.3
Days incapacitated 13,988 14,930 16,362 11,022
Employees 43,405 43,477 46,500 40,851

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

Paid and unpaid leave

Germany

  2017 2016 2015 2014
Ø No. of vacation days per employee 25.9 26.6 26 26.8
Ø No. of days of paid sick leave 12.3 12.6 12.4 11.0
Ø No. of days of maternity leave 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.1
Ø No. of days of other paid leave 2.2 2.5 3.2 3.4
Paid leave 41.4 42.7 42.5 42.3
         
Ø No. of unpaid sick days 4.4 4.5 4.3 3.9
Ø No. of days of other types of unpaid leave of absence 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.8
Unpaid leave 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.7
         
Total sick leave1) in % 6.7 6.8 6.6 6.0

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
  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Commercial sector 574 638 620 631 579
Industrial sector 305 308 291 285 307
Dual study 219 204 196 191 186
Volunteers / Student journalists 158 146 158 205 232
Total 1,256 1,296 1,265 1,312 1,304

Basis: Trainees in Germany as of December 31

Environmental Figures of the Bertelsman Group


as of December 2016

Find more environmental figures of Bertelsmann and its division in our Bertelsmann Carbon Footprint  .