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Living and promoting diversity
Diversity champions an open working environment, in which employees are treated with respect and everyone is free to develop and reach their full potential. Diversity also means that teams combine a broad range of knowledge and experience. Swisscom sees diversity as something it must commit to internally within the company, as well as externally with its customers and partners. In the interest of diversity management, Swisscom is also committed to utilising the broad range of knowledge and experience of all its employees for the benefit of the company.
Various models to promote a work and life
With respect to the opportunities offered and the potential accorded to the individual, Swisscom does not differentiate between employees with physical or mental impairments and those who are not impaired. Swisscom builds on the individual strengths and skills that each employee possesses.See
Swisscom has been a member of the Swiss Demographics Forum since 2011. Currently comprising seven finance and service companies, the Swiss Demographics Forum is a platform that collects information and draws up basic principles in order to establish sustainable demographic management. Its members have developed a variety of practical solutions that could be put to good use by the participating companies.
Swisscom also uses the federal government’s equal pay tool (Logib) to conduct periodic reviews of its salary structure, in order to ascertain whether disparities exist between men’s and women’s pay. Previous reviews (most recently in 2015) have revealed only minor pay discrepancies, well under the tolerance threshold of 5%.See
The protection of human rights within the Swisscom Group
Swisscom is aware that there are risks of human rights being breached by its suppliers and has therefore set up a risk management system for suppliers.See Sustainability Report
Swisscom also applies a purchasing policy based on the SA 8000 standard, which places clear demands on its suppliers as regards the protection of human rights.
Swisscom conducts a survey of its staff every two years. The last survey was held in 2014, with 83% of the employees in Switzerland taking part. The results again revealed an above-average level of job satisfaction and a high level of employee commitment at Swisscom. The employees rated all of the areas under review significantly higher on average than in the 2012 survey, and some of the scores were above average compared to other companies in the sector. The next employee survey is scheduled for 2016.
Pension fund: comPlan
At the end of 2015, around 19,500 Swisscom employees and some 7,100 pensioners were insured under comPlan. In 2015, comPlan posted a negative net return on assets of 0.6% (prior year: 4.9%). On 31 December 2015, the market value of fund assets amounted to CHF 9.4 billion (prior year: CHF 9.0 billion). In accordance with Swiss accounting standards for pension funds, the funding ratio is around 108% (prior year: 111%).
All Swisscom employees enjoy fringe benefits in the form of a personal allowance on Swisscom services, including telephony, Internet and Swisscom TV services, and a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) half-fare travel card. These fringe benefits are offered irrespective of function or whether the employee works full time or part time. Apprentices also receive an allowance. Swisscom also supports external childcare facilities through financial contributions and by providing access to free counselling services through the familienservice® family service. To assist working parents during the school holidays, Swisscom offers holiday childcare weeks at selected locations throughout Switzerland. It also pays the employer’s pension fund contribution for unpaid leave for a maximum of three months.
Supplementary regulations governing management staff
Members of management are also exempted from the obligation to pay a contribution to the collective insurances for illness and accident as well as management staff risk insurance in the event of death.