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Work-Life-Balance and recognising voluntary work at Dr. August Oetker in Germany

Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG has a programme to promote work-life-balance and reconciliation of work and family.

Examples for measures are:

  • Adapted working hours
  • Various models forpart-time workandhome-office opportunities
  • Assistance for those returning to work after parental leave, in cooperation with an independent consulting and placement agency
  • Support in searching for different care facilities
  • Holiday camp for kids aged 6 to 13 years
  • Nursery and daycare places in Bielefeld and pediatric emergency care, consultation, information and, where appropriate, assistance in finding a care facility for family members in need.
  • Recognition of voluntary work done by employees through the programme “Hand in hand for voluntary work”. Since 2011, the company offers donation (money or goods) to charity or non-profit organisations where their employee is a volunteer. Employees may submit their application. As a pilot project at the headquarters, “Hand in Hand” was perceived well and is since 2013 open for all employees at all undertakings.
  • Continuous expansion of operational health management.


  • Create best conditions for employees