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bremenports wins award for family-friendly-personell policies Published on 22 June 2020

bremenports wins award for family-friendly personnel policies

Work & family audit certificate awarded permanently

bremenports has again been awarded the work & family audit certificate. For the first time in the 22-year history of the audit, the award for corporate HR policies which are strategically designed to meet the needs of family and different life phases was presented in the course of an online certification event. Well-wishers included Oliver Schmitz, Managing Director of berufundfamilie Service GmbH, John-Philip Hammersen, Managing Director of the non-profit Hertie Foundation and Federal Minister of Family Affairs Dr Franziska Giffey, who has assumed patronage of the audit.

Prior to the award presentation, bremenports had already successfully completed the audit dialogue procedure, which is open to all employers who have implemented HR policies which are strategically designed to meet the needs of family and different life phases and have done so for a minimum of five years. bremenports was first awarded the audit certificate in 2005. Each audit is valid for a period of three years and after five re-audits, the company has now completed the second dialogue procedure, which confirmed the permanent character of the certificate.

Around 400 employees benefit from the family-friendly arrangements at bremenports. These range from comprehensive individual measures relating to career, family & health as well as more than 70 flexible working hours models, options for mobile work, designated health days etc., which include screenings for an individual health check-up, nutrition advice, company fitness schemes and a wide range of sports events. In addition to the continuing expansion of the overall idea, health check-ups, nutrition and exercise, there are also plans to introduce additional measures such as support for mental resilience and new work aspects which reflect different life phases.

“I am delighted to receive this award for our personnel policies once again,” commented Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports. “It is of crucial importance for the future development of our company that bremenports is seen to be an attractive employer.

We will continue to follow this path and make use of all the options at our disposal to make it easier for our employees to combine a family and career in future.”

The work&family [berufundfamilie] and the family-friendly university [familienbewusste hochschule] audits

The audit can be used in all business sectors and all sizes of company. It assesses the status quo of the family and life-phase measures that are already available, systematically develops each company’s individual potential and ensures that family awareness is an integral part of the corporate culture. Once the audit procedure has been successfully completed, the audit is awarded by an independent board of auditors, which includes well-known representatives from the worlds of business, science, politics and professional associations. Around 1800 employers have been awarded the certificate since the audit was first launched in 1998. A total of 982 employers currently hold the work & family audit certificate or the family-friendly university audit, including 467 business enterprise, 413 institutions and 102 universities, for the benefit of roughly 2 million employees and around 1.4 million students.

Press contact:

Holger Bruns
bremenports GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49 471 309 01-103
E-mail: holger.bruns@bremenports.de