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Recruiting talent worldwide

As part of our sustainable corporate policy and against the backdrop of increasing international competition for talents, LANXESS is continuing to position itself as an attractive employer on all key markets. We are giving particular attention to the BRICS countries and our home market in Germany.

By means of various activities, we aim to attract, integrate and retain the best minds and talents for our company. In recent years, we have worked closely with our employees to develop the basis for an employer brand with the goal of conveying an authentic image of LANXESS. Our corporate culture is shaped by challenging tasks and encourages employees to assume responsibility in an international context at an early stage. This gives our employees unique development opportunities, as reflected in our low turnover. In Germany, the turnover resulting from voluntary resignations was below 1 percent in the reporting period. Globally, it was around 4 percent.

Turnover %        
  Germany Rest of the World
Age group Female Male Female Male
< 20 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
20 – 29 2.3 2.6 8.2 6.6
30 – 39 1.5 1.1 7.4 5.1
40 – 49 0.5 0.6 3.7 2.5
50 – 59 0.3 0.1 1.7 1.3
≥ 60 0.0 1.3 2.3 8.7
Total 0.8 0.6 5.6 3.8

In fiscal 2012, we continued to seek direct contact with talented university and school students through our presence at a large number of career fairs, university events and scientific conferences and by organizing our own events. We also cooperated with university career centers and funded a range of scholarships as part of the German government’s “Germany Scholarship” program. Through this, LANXESS supported more than 50 students at eight renowned universities in 2012, including students at RWTH Aachen University, TU Dortmund University and the University of Cologne. The scholarship holders receive a monthly payment of €300. The company pays €150 of this amount and the remaining half is shared equally by the German government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, we offer our scholarship holders individual guidance.

Every year, almost 200 students work on their theses with us in Germany alone. Here, we actively seek collaboration with universities and colleges. We are also increasing our support for scientific conferences and congresses such as those organized by the Max Planck Society PhD Student Network and the Society of Chinese Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Germany.

Furthermore, we are extending our cooperation with student initiatives. At the invitation of the Bonding student initiative at RWTH Aachen University, we were one of the companies to showcase its projects and career opportunities as part of a special event on sustainability.

In Brazil, we offer an internship program with a special part-time contract to students in the concluding stages of their degree programs. They are given responsibility for a project of their own, the results of which will later be presented to top management. This attractive offering targets the best of a year group, enabling us to attract local young talents who bring new expertise to the company. We also offer a similar internship program in India, which is supplemented by a mentoring program.

In China, we have expanded our partnership with the Changzhou Institute of Engineering Technology. By means of a “LANXESS class,” we share practical and scientific expertise with the university, providing the students with an early insight into the working world through internships and thus arousing their interest in working for LANXESS. In Pittsburgh, United States, we continue to support the Carnegie Science Center in a variety of ways – for example, as a founding sponsor of the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Career Development. Activities include projects for high school students and events for young women interested in science.

In addition, we are continuously expanding our cooperation with selected schools – including elementary schools – around the world. In this way, we give teachers, children, faculty and students the opportunity to discover more about the many fascinating functions in process engineering, chemical research and central administration that we can offer on account of our product and process diversity.

Establishing early contact with schools close to our sites in Germany and around the world, for example as part of specialist project weeks, and promoting science education at local high schools are two of the other focal points of LANXESS’s extensive education initiative, which we continued to extend in fiscal 2012. As a company, we consider this initiative to be part of our social and corporate responsibility.

International partnership with Teach First

Our special commitment to education is also reflected in our partnership with Teach First in Germany and India. We have been one of the main sponsors of this not-for-profit organization since 2010. Teach First, which is already established in a number of countries, has set itself the goal of helping school students who have had a difficult start in life, fostering their individual talents and supporting them in developing career prospects. Particularly highly qualified university graduates from all disciplines, who also have the requisite soft skills, act as fellows for a period of two years, helping schools in socially disadvantaged areas with education and schooling tasks. In Germany, we focus particularly on supporting fellows specializing in mathematics and science. The most recent intake of fellows has been active in schools in North Rhine-Westphalia since February 2012. In addition to providing financial support, we are also making a practical contribution through activities such as vocational training preparation for school students and personal coaching for fellows.

We started working with Teach First in India in December 2010. The first fellows assigned to the Indian partner schools in Mumbai and Delhi were given the opportunity to complete internships at our sites in India as part of the program. The school students they support are also given career guidance and an insight into working life through visits to our facilities. In addition, LANXESS employees provide direct support for projects in the schools in their free time. This commitment was also continued in 2012.

Structured development of young managers

Each year, under the motto “Prepare for the Future,” our LANXESS corporate trainee programs attract highly skilled university graduates. Our aim is to prepare the participants for an international career within the LANXESS Group and establish a global pool of young managers with international experience. In fiscal 2012, our marketing, controlling, finance, human resources and engineering programs were complemented by a new information technology program. Since the initiative started, we have offered a wide range of entry-level positions to 63 university graduates with an interest in embarking on an international career.

In 2010, we created the China Management Trainee Program specifically for the Chinese market. This two-year program aims to prepare highly qualified business and technology graduates for management roles and create a pool of local talent. We continued this program in 2012, with a special focus on trainee positions in finance and technical production.

In India, we have implemented two trainee programs – an 18-month management trainee program in which we develop exceptional talents for leadership functions, and a shorter project trainee program for young graduates.


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