ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG: 2014 AARP Best Employers International Award Recipient

Publish Date: October  16,  2014


ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
Industry: Industrial 
Location: Duisberg, Germany
Employees: 19,833; Percentage of age 50-plus employees: 36.6 percent

ThyssenKrupp Steel is a German multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest steel producers. Through its life-phase-oriented human resources policy, ProZukunft (ProFuture), ThyssenKrupp Steel has a commitment to accommodating demographic change. Lifelong learning and training, flexible work arrangements, support for caregivers, and health promotion and protection are among the many focuses of the ProZukunft program.

Caregiving and Flexible Work
ThyssenKrupp offers its employees approximately 400 different working time models that are individually tailored to personal needs, such as flextime, part-time models, part-time in executive positions, job sharing, job rotation, telework/home office, and paid time off. In addition, employees older than 55 can make arrangements for partial retirement. 

Supporting caregivers and parenting is another aspect of ThyssenKrupp’s ProZukunft program. In 2013, a company-owned day care center was opened. It can accommodate 77 children between the ages of 4 months and the start of elementary school. 

ThyssenKrupp’s support for caregivers also extends to employees who have nursing responsibilities for their older family members. Through cooperation with the nursing hotline of Novitas BKK Krankenkasse medical insurance, members can get direct help. A company-owned service offers staff members eldercare advice and information on nursing topics ranging from dementia to advanced health care directives. 

ThyssenKrupp Steel recognizes that older employees possess invaluable knowledge and experience and facilitates cooperation among older and younger employees so that an exchange of that knowledge can take place.