Protecting our people and looking after their welfare has always commanded top priority at VTG.
We see our employees not just as people who work for us, but primarily as people, period. That is why their protection and their welfare get top priority at VTG – and not just when they are on the premises!
Protecting our employees
A safe, healthy environment for our people is central to everything we do. It is therefore only logical, that very strict occupational health and safety standards apply throughout our company.
We deliver top quality to our customers. And to do so, we need employees who are highly motivated and extremely well qualified. We do everything we can to make our industry more attractive to potential recruits. Beyond that, we offer our people attractive terms and conditions, as well as appropriate ways to develop both personally and professionally.
The VTG Group’s social responsibility naturally includes extensive programs for our own people. But it also includes an ever-growing commitment to society at large. In particular, we support measures in the fields of youth education and the promotion of sports.
Occupational health & safety
The health of our people is of the utmost importance to us. To guarantee excellent standards of occupational health and safety and ensure full compliance with all relevant statutory requirements, we complement an ISO 45001-compliant occupational health and safety management system with our own internal standard operating procedures (SOPs). Every year, we also audit compliance with all occupational health and safety requirements – as well as data protection and information security provisions – across our individual workshops. In addition, we have launched a campaign to reinforce behavior-based occupational health and safety at our workshops and reduce the number of accidents.
The safety of our customers is of supreme importance to us. We ensure meticulous compliance with all technical and safety-related provisions for operating plant and equipment, as well as observing the requirements of hazardous substance law. As a result, we can guarantee the operational safety of our rail freight wagons, tank containers and workshop equipment at all times. Customer surveys and regular dialogue with stakeholders give us valuable insights into any areas where there is room for improvement.
A skilled and highly motivated workforce is critical to our success. This is why we do everything in our power to give our people appropriate development opportunities. The VTG Academy provides in-house tuition using e-learning courses, seminars led by external speakers and specific training and development programs. Annual meetings between the workforce and the management are used to define the focus of our performance, map out development opportunities and, where necessary, agree additional training measures and seminars. Our staff are also given ample opportunity to engage in informal dialogue in a variety of formats.
Faced with demographic change and a shortage of skilled labor and specialists, we are very keen to develop young talent. We provide young people with commercial and industrial apprenticeships and dual study programs. Additionally, the PEP! Program gives youngsters the chance to reinforce and realize their potential. Our Leadership Excellence Program (LEX) and Upper Management Program (UMP) help us cultivate managerial talent.
Diversity & equal opportunities
The VTG family is made up of people from different countries, cultures and generations. Diversity is what enables us to find the best solutions for our customers. We therefore welcome any and every talent, regardless of gender, disability, cultural, religious or social background, sexual orientation, sexual identity and/or social origins.
We foster a culture of openness in which we treat each other with respect – a culture in which different ways of thinking and working can unleash their full potential and in which every individual can make their best contribution.
Promoting diversity and prohibiting any form of discrimination is integral to our corporate strategy. Both aspects are anchored in our values and our Code of Conduct. They lay the foundation for our personnel activities and are reflected in both our competence model and the HR development measures that are derived from it.
People of a wide variety of nationalities work at our facilities. This fact, coupled with close dialogue with our international customers, helps us consistently find optimal solutions for each and every market.
Attaching special importance to equal opportunities for women and men, we are committed to having 25 percent of top-level management positions and 35 percent of second-level management positions filled by women by 2030. We likewise set great store by the healthy compatibility of family and career, which we explicitly promote with our VTG FAMILY & CARE program.
Compatibility of Family & Career
We support our people as they seek to strike a healthy balance between family life and professional development. Our VTG FAMILY & CARE program brings together a plethora of services designed to help families in all kinds of different life situations:
- Childcare advisory and agency service
- Emergency childcare at home
- Advisory and agency service around nursing care for relatives
- Psychosocial advice for employees in difficult situations
- Company doctor
- Back therapy
- Group accident insurance
- Company sports groups
- Meal subsidies
Since 2017, we have been helping young people in Hamburg who, after leaving school, have a hard time making the transition to the world of work due to social, educational or cultural barriers. The VTG RailTrain program gives them the chance to complete an apprenticeship. Each year, ten youngsters and young adults join our training workshop on the premises of venerable Hamburg company Blohm+Voss to commence their training as construction mechanics. Throughout their apprenticeships, the young people are supervised and individually supported by VTG. Vocational skills and abilities are taught, but so too is a general education, flanked by language and social skills. When they successfully complete their apprenticeships, we seek to place the freshly minted construction mechanics in regular employment.
We have been a Connecting Worlds Partner to Hamburg Towers since January 2019. Based in the Hamburg district of Wilhelmsburg, the basketball team is inclusive, multicultural, ambitious and down-to-earth. In collaboration with Sport ohne Grenzen e. V. (Sport Without Borders), the Towers team uses sport-based projects and sports offerings in schools to teach children and young people values such as teamwork, fairness, tolerance, respect and reliability.
We also support Zeit für Zukunft – Mentoren für Kinder e. V. (Time for the Future – Mentors for Children), an organization that provides sponsorships for children aged 6 to 16, as well as the Lesepaten (Reading Sponsors) initiative run by local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt. The latter project seeks to kindle young people’s interest in political, social and economic issues.