Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


Paid work is the key driver for material well-being, financial security, equal opportunity, and human development. But still a majority of employees are excluded from this, as a job does not always guarantee a life without poverty. Poverty can be eliminated only through permanent, well paid work. Reaching this goal is closely connected with other goals, such as education, gender equality, and equal opportunities. 470 million new jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labor market between 2016 and 2030, just to keep up with the growth of the global working age population.
In “World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2019”, the International Labor Organization (ILO) reported that in 2016, 114 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 still have to work, even 73 million of these are in dangerous jobs. 

Our contribution

With its activities, Evonik makes a contribution towards economic growth and offers safe work under decent conditions. Our impact valuation shows that on average every Evonik job secures 7.9 jobs worldwide in the supply chain.
We are a member of the Global Compact and, in our Global Social Policy, in the Executive Board's Policy Statement on Human Rights, and in our Code of Conduct, we state that we will comply with human rights and workplace laws. We also expect this from our suppliers.

  • Collective agreements on remuneration cover 100 percent of our employees in Germany and around 72 percent of our employees worldwide.
  • Around 96 percent of our sites and regions have performance- or profit-oriented incentive systems. These systems cover around 99 percent of our employees.
  • Evonik offers voluntary social benefits to employees in all regions where it has a presence. These are available to more than 99 percent of our employees.
  • Close to 100 percent of our employees have statutory or company pension insurance and
    health insurance.
  • These benefits are also available to part-time workers – assuming they achieve the minimum number of working hours that are specified in some regions.
  • At the end of 2019, Evonik had more than 1,600 young people in dual vocational training, including 400 apprentencies being trained for other companies. The training rate is around 6.8 percent.
  • In the 2019 training year, throughout Germany more than 450 young women and men began their vocational training in 23 different recognized trades at 15 sites.
  • In the “Starting a Career” project, we prepare young people who are not yet ready to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship for their start in professional life.
  • Occupational safety is an important part of decent work. The principle at Evonik is: Safety and health are more important than sales and profits. Our Group initiative “Safety at Evonik” has raised awareness for safety among our employees.

Our targets

  • The long-term Group target for occupational safety (number of accidents per 1 million working hours) should be less than 1.30.

In 2019, the figure for occupatinal safety was 1,18.

  • In the long term, incident frequency should be ≤ 1.10.

In 2019, the figure for incident frequency was 1.10.