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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Business Development          
Group revenues 17,141 16,675 16,179 16,065 15,368
Operating EBITDA 2,485 2,374 2,311 2,210 2,243
EBITDA margin in percent1) 14.5 14.2 14.3 13.8 14.6
Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA)2) 155 188 283 362 359
Group profit 1,108 572 885 612 612
Investments3) 1,259 1,578 1,312 655 956
           
Consolidated Balance Sheet          
Equity 9,434 8,380 8,761 6,083 6,149
Equity ratio in percent 41.2 38.9 40.9 32.2 33.9
Total assets 22,908 21,560 21,418 18,864 18,149
Net financial debt 2,765 1,689 681 1,218 1,809
Economic debt4) 5,609 6,039 4,216 4,773 4,913
Leverage factor 2.4 2.7 2.0 2.3 2.4
           
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

Employee distribution

headcount, worldwide

    RTL Group Penguin Random House Gruner + Jahr Arvato Be Printers Corporate Group
Germany 2015 3,811 979 10,767 26,695 1,745 1,855 45,852
Other European countries 2015 7,366 2,844 2,375 26,477 398 1,471 40,931
North America 2015 823 5,293 0 3,782 1,272 1,894 13,064
Central and South America 2015 9 320 39 2,380 0 6 2,754
Africa 2015 0 111 0 4,556 0 0 4,667
Asia 2015 160 474 64 8,567 0 66 9,331
Australia and New Zealand 2015 89 561 0 0 0 0 650
Total 2015 12,258 10,582 13,245 72,457 3,415 5,292 117,249

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.

Personnel costs
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
Profit sharing 95 85 101 92
Other employee benefits 213 180 172 161
  5,430 5,099 4,965 4,771

Accident statistics

Germany

  2015 2014 2013 2012
Number of workplace and en route accidents 829 749 837 794
Accidents per 1,000 employees 17.8 18.3 21.7 20.7
Days incapacitated 16,362 11,022 12,560 11,194
Employees 46,500 40,851 38,611 38,330

Basis: Employees on permanent and temporary contracts, excluding trainees, as of December 31, 2015

Paid and unpaid leave

Germany

  2015 2014 2013 2012
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
Paid leave 42.5 42.3 42.7 41.5
         
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
Unpaid leave 6.5 10.6 9.9 9.9
         
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
  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Commercial sector 620 631 579 554 509
Industrial sector 291 285 307 308 329
Dual study 196 191 186 178 176
Volunteers / Student journalists 158 205 232 214 270
Total 1,265 1,312 1,304 1,254 1,284

Basis: Trainees in Germany as of September 30, 2015

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