Our passion our people
We treat each other with respect
At Clariant, we firmly believe that trust, integrity, appreciation, and respect make our company and all its employees stronger. We want to create a motivating and fulfilling working environment for all of our employees as this will lead to strong and sustainable results. Respect is part of everything we do and all our interactions.
Treatment of PeopleWe create an engaging and fulfilling working environment for all our employees enhancing innovation and sustainable results to support our growth. We treat each other with respect and ensure fair working conditions.
HarassmentWe do not tolerate harassment of any kind. We will take all measures to prevent harassing conduct.
Equality and Non-DiscriminationWe commit to a discrimination-free working environment and equal opportunities.
Responsibility for our people
When we talk about responsibility, we refer first and foremost to our responsibility towards our employees. We employ several thousand people in more than 60 countries across five continents. To complement Clariant’s membership of the UN Global Compact, our Group Policy Statement On Human Rights and our global Employment Standards lay the foundations for further activities to safeguard a global workplace with common principles and values for employees and contractors at all locations and ensure fair working conditions for our employees including a fair and equitable treatment. The documents create clear and measurable commitments and obligations related to HR practice areas like recruiting and development, compensation, employment contracts, employee engagement, employee grievances and thus are considered part of our social responsibility for Clariant. Read more about working at Clariant.
Lived appreciation is at the center of our values
Clariant’s culture centers on »appreciation« with its brand values Performance, People, and Planet. Together these three values form the key principle guiding our conduct and daily business. Because only when we strike a balance between profitable growth, people orientation, and environmental goals, can ecological, economic and social performance be assured.
The needs of our customers, employees, and shareholders are at the core of everything we do. We therefore do our utmost to ensure innovative, competitive solutions for our customers, adherence to company values for our employees, and above-average returns for our shareholders. Environmental responsibility and corporate sustainability are further focal areas for Clariant. Our above-average value creation for stakeholders sets us apart from the rest, and puts us well on track to achieve our goal of becoming the world’s leading specialty chemicals company.
We’ve created an international working environment in which our people have scope to demonstrate their strengths, implement ideas, and make a valuable contribution to our success on a daily basis. And because we want to maintain and promote this environment, the professional development of our employees is extremely important to us. After all, only when our people have the opportunity to make the most of your talents and to grow can you achieve great things. Work with us towards ambitious goals!
A culture of fairness extends throughout all aspects of our global employee relations. Clariant has joined the UN Global Compact and is fully committed to the “protect, respect and remedy” principles set forth in the framework. The ten principles include – besides others – full respect for regulations concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining.
We respect or surpass local minimum wage regulations. And, depending on the competitive situation in each location, entry level wages are often above minimum wage levels. As a result, we are able to attract the strongest candidates and retain a loyal workforce. We also adhere to all local rules relating to the treatment of temporary and part-time employees. Approximately 50 percent of our employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements and we work closely with employee representatives and members of staff when operational changes arise. It goes without saying that Clariant rejects any form of child labor and strictly complies with local regulations concerning legal minimum age requirements for work permits. ILO convention numbers 138 and 182 are expressly acknowledged as the minimum standard here. Further details about Clariant’s workforce can be found in our annual Integrated Report.
Balancing work and private life
Clariant understands the importance of providing parents with the opportunity to enjoy family life while pursuing a career at the company. We are active proponents of a family-conscious labor policy. As an example, we have introduced the Clariant Family Support Policy across the company for all permanent Clariant employees, full-time or part-time, as part of our commitment to ensure employees have a better chance of finding an appropriate balance between their work and private lives.
Under the policy, mothers returning to the company up to one year after having given birth are guaranteed a comparable position will be made available to them. This protection policy is also extended to mothers who take time off after adopting a child.
Upon returning to work, mothers are also granted an additional ten working days of paid leave in order to support a smooth transition back into the workforce. This additional leave is valid from the date when the mother returns to work with active status up until two years after the date of birth or legal adoption of the child. An additional ten days of paid leave is granted to fathers following the birth or legal adoption of a child, which is also to be used over the following two year period. The benefits of the Family Support Policy are in addition to any locally applicable benefits.
Family issues are an important priority for Clariant. The extra time off granted after returning to work affords both parents the additional flexibility of balancing work and family issues.
Commitment to diversity
We are a cosmopolitan family with employees drawn from more than 90 nations. We aim to provide our managers with international experience to better equip them for leadership roles. High-level managers are required to work in at least two different regions in order to progress.
We employ and promote our staff solely on the basis of their qualifications and skills. Whether a candidate is appointed to a particular position is determined by his/her suitability for the vacancy and whether his/her individual future potential is in line with Clariant’s corporate strategy and objectives. Furthermore, our professional development programs and initiatives ensure that all employees receive maximum support along every step of their career path, regardless of whether they’re just starting out or already have several years of professional experience – and our work climate supports men and women equally so that they can achieve success in their field.
Alongside our commitment to diversity is a rigorous adherence to the Clariant Code of Ethics. All employees are trained in the Code, which outlines the company’s strict non-discrimination policies.
Meet our people
Behind the products we market, it's important to remember that real people are working hard to turn these groundbreaking ideas into innovative and sustainable solutions that influence our daily lives. Real people with ambitions. Real people with families. Real people who realized the potential of catalysts to make a positive impact on our environment, or people who recognized the need for more eco-friendly skincare ingredients.
Meet the real people of Clariant.