Tengelmann once again recognised as a particularly family-friendly firmPrint

berufundfamilie recertification successfully completed

Mülheim an der Ruhr, 26 September 2017 – In 2013, the Tengelmann Group was awarded the berufundfamilie certificate for the first time. This certificate is given to companies which go the extra mile to ensure that professional and family life can be combined. Since then Tengelmann has continued to work hard in this area and has initiated a large number of measures. This commitment has now earned the company recertification.

"We are proud that the Hertie Foundation has recertified the company and thus honoured our commitment to making professional and family life more compatible, and we are very pleased that we may continue to bear the berufundfamilie seal," says Iris Prüfer, Head of HR at the traditional family firm from Mülheim.

Child or career? In the past, those who chose to procreate faced great difficulties. Today, thanks to a great number of initiatives which enable professional and family life to be combined, it is much easier for parents to pursue a successful career with children. But it is not just young adults who benefit from this form of commitment: In subsequent stages of life it might be caring for relatives or another significant burden a person must bear in addition to their job.

As part of the initial certification audit in 2013, Tengelmann set itself improvement objectives and committed to implementing them in the following three years. A guide to time off work for family reasons (e.g. to care for parents or maternity/paternity leave) was introduced, a parent-child office was set up and an annual appraisal was introduced/developed. Another milestone is our cooperation with the BUK (an association that provides support for professionals with children), in the areas of child and adult care and returning to work after a period of absence.

Over the last few months the Hertie Foundation has investigated which of the objectives set in 2013 had been achieved. However, the focus of the recertification was not simply to maintain the status quo, but instead to set new goals for the next three years. Iris Prüfer explains: "We have taken it upon ourselves to develop what we can offer in terms of health and care, and offer more which can support or lighten the load of our employees on a daily basis. We would also like to further develop managers and implement a succession and talent management system."