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Well-trained and experienced employees are vitally important for our Company’s success. It is largely thanks to their achievements, skills, and commitment that all our business segments hold leading positions in their markets. We therefore offer them a variety of attractive opportunities for personnel development. We also actively support international and interdisciplinary collaboration as well as diversity across all business segments and regions.

The Fresenius Group had 169,324 employees at the end of 2012, an increase of 19,973 or 13% compared to the previous year (December 31, 2011: 149,351). Organically, the number of employees increased by 4%, while acquisitions contributed 9% to this growth.

The employee numbers increased in all business segments, as the table below shows. At the end of 2012, there were 51,791 employees (30%) in Germany, an increase of 14% (2011: 45,262); 117,533 employees (70%) are employed at our foreign locations. The chart below shows the distribution of our employees by region. These percentages approximately correspond to the sales contributions of the respective regions, as shown in the table below. In Europe, the number of employees grew by 10% in 2012, in North America by 22%. In Europe, this was mainly due to the acquisitions at Fresenius Helios. The increase in North America is mainly attributable to the acquisition of Liberty Dialysis Holdings, Inc. by Fresenius Medical Care and of Fenwal Holdings, Inc. by Fresenius Kabi. The number of employees also rose strongly in Asia-Pacific, with an increase of 9%, mainly due to the expansion of production facilities at Fresenius Kabi.

Number of employees Dec. 31, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011 Change % of total
Fresenius Medical Care 90,866 83,476 9% 54%
Fresenius Kabi 30,214 24,106 25% 18%
Fresenius Helios 42,881 37,198 15% 25%
Fresenius Vamed 4,432 3,724 19% 2%
Corporate/Other 931 847 10% 1%
Total 169,324 149,351 13% 100%

Number of employees Dec. 31, 2012 Dec. 31, 2011 Change % of total
Fresenius Medical Care 90,866 83,476 9% 54%
Fresenius Kabi 30,214 24,106 25% 18%
Fresenius Helios 42,881 37,198 15% 25%
Fresenius Vamed 4,432 3,724 19% 2%
Corporate/Other 931 847 10% 1%
Total 169,324 149,351 13% 100%

Personnel expenses for the Fresenius Group were €6,732 million in 2012 (2011: €5,555 million), equivalent to 34.9% of sales (2011: 34.0%). The increase of 21% was mainly due to the higher overall number of employees due to acquisitions and the collectively bargained pay increases. Personnel expenses per employee were €41.1 thousand (2011: €38.8 thousand). In constant currency, they were €39.8 thousand and only slight above previous year’s level. In Germany, Fresenius has signed tariff agreements with IG Chemie, the Marburger Bund, as well as ver.di (labor union for services). There were no significant structural changes to compensation or employment agreements in 2012.

Fresenius values a culture of diversity. We are convinced that the interplay of a wide range of views, opinions, cultural backgrounds, experiences, and values helps us to achieve our full potential and contributes to our success. Key to this is our internationalism, especially of our management executives.

Our goal is to appoint the best person for every job. In particular, we feel that the Company can still derive greater benefit from the potential of its female employees. In this regard, Fresenius promotes the long-term, sustainable advancement of women. We are constantly working to increase the percentage of women in management positions, even though Fresenius is already well ahead of its peers in this respect. Our efforts here include company-specific measures, such as flexible working hours, part-time programs and home-office options, as well as with our new program called “Female Entrepreneurs at Fresenius – Shaping Their Own Career.” This program has various modules aimed both at experienced managers and managers of the future. It helps women at Fresenius to network with one another, reflect on their strengths, and develop strategies to improve the balance between work and family life.

As of December 31, 2012, women held 27% of senior management positions at Fresenius, based on the number of worldwide participants in the stock option plans. The proportion of female employees within the Fresenius Group is 68%. However, we do not set any fixed quotas for management positions, as this could generally restrict the choice of suitable candidates. At Fresenius, what matters for the selection of personnel are qualifications, and not gender or other personality characteristics. Consequently, women and men with comparable qualifications will continue to have the same career opportunities at Fresenius.

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