Since 2004, employee representatives from the national subsidiaries have met once a year with representatives of the Corporate Executive Committee in the European Forum. In the spirit of the Baloise value culture, this forum involves a promotion of cross-border dialogue, exchanges, mutual information and the ability to walk in each other’s shoes to obtain a better mutual understanding of the respective concerns. A harmonious development of economic activities is thus ensured taking into account all interests in the Group.
The European Panel deals with the following topics among others:
- The business condition, i.e. the economic and financial situation including developments and prospects
- Fundamental structural and strategic changes
- The current employment conditions and development of the employment situation
- Questions about personnel policy, training and education, as well as equal opportunities
The employee representatives are delegated from the national works councils and employee commissions. The representatives of the CEC are usually the Head of Corporate Division and the Head of Group Human Resources.
A different country association hosts the European Panel every year in alternating cycles. This gives delegates the opportunity to familiarise themselves with other locations as well.
Decisions by the employee representatives at the European Panel are made by the participants present through a majority vote, with each participant having one vote.
Outside the annual meeting, the Europa forum is represented by the managing committee. In addition to the speaker and their deputy, another elected employee representative is part of the committee. It must be observed that at least two countries must be represented.
The committee also represents the interests of those countries that are not represented by their own delegates in the European Panel due to a workforce of fewer than 50 employees. The managing committee remains in regular contact with representatives of the CEC through regular calls and meetings throughout the year. This ensures constant dialogue, rapid orientation and updates on current topics and new developments.