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.
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||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011|
|EBITDA margin in percent1)||14.5||14.2||14.3||13.8||14.6|
|Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2)||155||188||283||362||359|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|Equity ratio in percent||41.2||38.9||40.9||32.2||33.9|
|Net financial debt||2,765||1,689||681||1,218||1,809|
|Dividends to Bertelsmann shareholders||180||180||180||180||180|
|Distribution on profit participation certificates||44||44||44||44||44|
|Employee profit sharing||95||85||101||92||107|
Figures adjusted for the financial year 2014; figures before 2014 are the most recently reported previous year’s figures.
Rounding may result in minor variations in the calculation of percentages in this report.
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 €1,281 million (2014: €1,601 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 117,000 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, 2015
|RTL Group||Penguin Random House||Gruner + Jahr||Arvato||Be Printers||Corporate||Group|
|Other European countries||2015||7,366||2,844||2,375||26,477||398||1,471||40,931|
|Central and South America||2015||9||320||39||2,380||0||6||2,754|
|Australia and New Zealand||2015||89||561||0||0||0||0||650|
Basis: employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31, 2015
Note: Figures for the FY 2015 will not be published. Explanation: Because we adjusted the method of counting employees at the end of the year, the fluctuation statistics for the year 2015 have lost some of their comparability. Many deviations are based on the differing definitions of the values at the beginning and end of the year.
|in € millions||2015||2014||2013||2012|
|Wages and salaries||4,268||4,054||3,938||3,766|
|Statutory social security contributions||694||661||646||640|
|Expenses for pensions and similar obligations||160||119||109||112|
|Other employee benefits||213||180||172||161|
|Number of workplace and en route accidents||829||749||837||794|
|Accidents per 1,000 employees||17.8||18.3||21.7||20.7|
Basis: Employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31, 2015
|Paid and unpaid leave|
|Ø No. of vacation days per employee||26||26.8||26.9||26.8|
|Ø No. of days of paid sick leave||12.4||11.0||11.4||10.1|
|Ø No. of days of maternity leave||0.9||1.1||1.2||1.2|
|Ø No. of days of other paid leave||3.2||3.4||3.2||3.4|
|Ø No. of unpaid sick days||4.3||3.9||3.5||3.5|
|Ø No. of days of parental leave||1.5||5.9||5.6||5.8|
|Ø No. of days of other types of unpaid leave of absence||0.7||0.8||0.8||0.6|
|Total sick leave1) in %||6.6||6.0||5.9||5.4|
1) Sick leave as defined by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA:
Target workdays = calendar days - Saturdays/Sundays - public holidays (x = 365 - 105 - 10 = 250)
Sick leave quote = average number of sick days / target working days
|Number of trainees|
|Volunteers / Student journalists||158||205||232||214||270|
Basis: Trainees in Germany as of September 30, 2015
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