Employees and Community

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Employees with disabilities


16 to 30 year olds
31 to 50 year olds
over 50 year olds
  • Women 13.23% 13.23%
  • Men 86.77% 86.77%

Figures as at 31.08.2021

Long-term diversity

Just like nature thrives from its diversity, the BPW world is of course also varied and diverse – this is what lies behind the company’s success and its sustainable culture. The BPW Group employs around 7,000 employees in over 30 countries, with more than 1,400 employees from 21 nations working at the headquarters in Wiehl. Regardless of their nationality, gender, skin colour or sexual orientation, all of these people can be themselves at BPW and they are valued, respected and encouraged with their individual strengths and talents.

Training and development of young people

The optimum conditions for vocational training

A profession is an important part of life and can have a long-lasting influence on our personalities. Training young people is therefore a task with a great deal of responsibility – and one that is given the attention it deserves at BPW. This is reflected by the recognition regularly gained by the company, for example as one of the best national companies for training in Germany or as ‘Germany’s best vocational training companies’. There are currently 95 young people training for a career at BPW, with aspirations including the roles of technical product designer, mechatronics engineer or cutting machine operator. Their instructors teach them the best specialist content and they can make use of an ideal infrastructure with high-quality workshops and even a robotics training centre. BPW also offers the apprentices an extensive range of other training options, supports their personal development with formats on politics and finance or with etiquette courses, offers the opportunity to spend time living, studying and working abroad, organises sports activities and entrusts them with independent projects.


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‘Political Education’ programme is being extended

Apprentices at BPW don’t just learn a profession, they also gain personal development. As part of the ‘Political Education’ programme, they acquire a fundamental understanding of democracy and politics is brought to life for them with activities such as discussion groups or a session at the town hall. They look at party manifestos, draw up concepts themselves, for example for a nursery, or discuss issues such as illegal car racing and pensions. This commitment, which began in 2016, has earned BPW an award in the ‘Apprenticeships and Further Training’ category from the industry magazine VerkehrsRundschau. So far, a total of 139 apprentices have taken part in 13 modules.

The programme has had to be cancelled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated restrictions for events, but this break is being used well. At the suggestion of Achim Kotz, personally liable managing partner at BPW, further societal issues are being added to the concept, including social and sustainability topics.

Jump-start for career choices

The transition from school to a career is a particularly sensitive time when young people need support. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has created a system to ensure help is provided at an early stage with the initiative ‘Kein Abschluss ohne Anschluss’ (KAoA), which aims to ensure that there is a next step for every qualification that is completed. Its objective is to introduce school-leavers as quickly as possible to prospective next steps for vocational training or study and to avoid unnecessary waits through effective coordination.

BPW has been supporting this initiative for many years and regularly invites school pupils to visit the company for an introduction to occupations that training can lead to. Over the course of four days, BPW apprentices then present various professions that can be accessed through an apprenticeship at BPW, from mechatronics engineer to cutting machine operator, industrial mechanic to logistics manager. The event was still held during the pandemic with an online format via Microsoft Teams. Participants were able to ask their questions remotely and the BPW apprentices were on hand to respond personally and live in various creative formats.

KURS scheme partnership with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium

‘Social Economy’ project course

Students at Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium in Wiehl can focus their learning profile towards social economics and engineering. The school works closely with BPW to offer the ‘Social Economy’ project course as part of this. BPW offers the participants workshops and work placements and also supports their project work. The course was held online in 2021, with apprentices hosting a live stream from the BPW ideas workshop. The digital format went down very well and benefited from lively interaction on-screen.

logistics at school

How does logistics work? Even school pupils can now learn all about this. Apprentices and instructors from BPW are passing on their knowledge as part of a KURS (regional company and school cooperation network) scheme partnership with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium in Wiehl. A three-part series of digital workshops taught them the basics of the world of logistics, about materials planning and warehouse logistics, as well as shipping and goods issuing. For example, Lea Patzwald and Ben Klein, who are both studying for a dual degree programmes in logistics management, told the participants about what is involved in careers such as logistics manager or agent for freight forwarding and logistics services. Content on the topic of logistics was presented using the supply chain and Stefan Wolfslast and Stefan Keilberg were on hand to provide expert answers to questions. And there were plenty of them to answer: the students were very interested and also amazed by how versatile and exciting logistics is. The feedback on the workshop opportunity was positive in every respect.

BPW also collaborates with Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium on the ‘Kein Abschluss ohne Anschluss’ (KAoA) initiative and supports the Social Economy project course.

Employee Health

Company Health Management

The BPW company health management scheme brings together the most important issues in employees’ lives in one holistic concept based on four strong pillars: BPW AktivFamilie, BPW AktivSozial, BPW AktivTreff and BPW AktivJob. As an employer, BPW takes responsibility far beyond the legally required and mandatory measures for occupational safety and environmental protection. The overriding aim is always to provide systematic and long-term support for the health and well-being of people in all areas of the company. The activities are also steered by a health working group, made up of representatives from the HR department, the company’s medical department, the company health insurance BKK BPW, the works council and the social welfare officer. Together they plan and manage health provision and look for solutions to current health issues, for example for reintegrating ill employees or reducing the number of accidents. For all the activities, great value is placed on encouraging personal responsibility among employees and helping them to take action for their own health.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put the topic of health in the spotlight. In spring 2021, BPW launched a crisis committee that has since been continually monitoring the latest developments and drawing up suitable measures. As well as wishing to keep administration and production up and running, the safety and well-being of all employees was of course a central concern. A range of healthcare options was quickly developed, including rapid tests for the virus available to employees, visitors and guests. When colleagues were considering whether foreign travel or a long deployment abroad was possible, the company’s medical department provided advice. Coronavirus vaccines have also been being administered since spring 2021 and flu vaccinations will be given in autumn 2021.


The coronavirus pandemic has put the topic of health in the spotlight. In spring 2021, BPW launched a crisis committee that has since been continually monitoring the latest developments and drawing up suitable measures. As well as wishing to keep administration and production up and running, the safety and well-being of all employees was of course a central concern. A range of healthcare options was quickly developed, including rapid tests for the virus available to employees, visitors and guests. When colleagues were considering whether foreign travel or a long deployment abroad was possible, the company’s medical department provided advice. Coronavirus vaccines have also been being administered since spring 2021 and flu vaccinations will be given in autumn 2021.

Significantly fewer accidents

The stated aim at BPW is that workplace accidents should never happen. The company wants to reduce the number of accidents to zero, including with the initiative called ‘0 accidents at the workplace’. This includes training for team leaders, who learn how to encourage preventive behaviour with the help of a guideline for discussions and thus promote the right attitude among employees at the workplace. BPW also appoints safety officers who inform employees about risks and continually raise their awareness of these dangers. The pandemic meant that fewer training sessions could take place, but the absolute number of workplace accidents at the company fell significantly: from 32 incidents in 2019 to 21 in 2020. The preventive training and discussions about how to adapt behaviour to avoid risks are to be revived after the pandemic. The aim remains: zero accidents.

Serious accidents






Responsible and lawful conduct

Since 2018, BPW has been using the ‘GEORG’ software module for legal organisation to ensure unfailing compliance with all legal provisions relating to environmental protection, occupational safety and competition law. This shows managers what their duties and obligations are and reminds them in a timely manner when these are due. This means that they act responsibly and lawfully at all times and are also able to document this. Regular checks ensure that the software is being used. The aim is for 95 per cent of all tasks to be constantly implemented – and this has been achieved across the board. Regular legal and organisational changes mean that achieving 100 per cent is not realistic in practice. If legal requirements change or new rules are added, they are integrated in the organisation and updated in the software, making it easy for those responsible to always stay well informed and maintain an overview of all applicable rules.

Occupational health and safety is another important topic that is not only legally relevant for BPW: a risk assessment serves to protect the health of employees and also functions as a crucial verification document. BPW has systematically expanded the relevant documentation, associated measures, checks and controls in recent years.

Social Involvement

Quickly finding medical assistance on the road

When cargo needs to get to the recipient on time, there is a huge amount of pressure on drivers. If they encounter health problems during a job, they therefore often put these on hold because it is difficult to find a doctor’s surgery on the road, let alone park a 40-ton truck nearby. As a member of the DocStop initiative, BPW also helps to ensure that it is easy to find medical care when on the road. The Europe-wide hotline 00800 03627867 provides drivers with immediate assistance, quickly finding the nearest DocStop location and giving them an appointment with a doctor. Many driver apps also show the locations, including nearby parking options. The BPW company headquarters in Wiehl is also registered as a location: Dr Gunnar Heymer, the BPW company doctor, has been treating ill drivers since March 2020.

More recognition for drivers

Transport and logistics would not function without the people behind the steering wheels. Truck drivers do a hugely important job, which often doesn’t get the attention and appreciation it deserves. The ‘Pro Fahrer-Image’ (PROFI) association, of which BPW is a founding member, works to change this. It is committed to fair working conditions, better training and qualifications and a better image for commercial vehicle traffic. It also promotes greater recognition of the driving profession from trade, industry, the transport sector and the general population. The BGL (German Haulage, Logistics and Waste Disposal Federation) and a whole host of other companies, associations and organisations are part of PROFI. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) acts as patron of the association.
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#Logistikhilft initiative

When supermarket shelves were emptied by shoppers in spring 2020, the wider population got a very clear picture of just how important transport and logistics are for supplying society and the economy. The trucks kept rolling even in this global crisis and everyone involved in the transport chain worked flat out to do their jobs well – which was not always easy. The industry initiative #Logistikhilft (logistics helps) provided active support with quickly implemented campaigns, such as setting up sanitary containers for drivers and giving out sanitiser and PPE at service stations. BPW has been supporting #Logistikhilft right from the start. It is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the German Haulage, Logistics and Waste Disposal Federation (BGL), the Logistics Alliance Germany (LAG), the Fraunhofer IML and the non-profit association DocStop/SaniStop. The initiative’s patrons are the Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer and the Federal Government Coordinator for Freight Transport and Logistics, Parliamentary State Secretary Steffen Bilger.

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BPW fire service

It takes special dedication to always be ready for action to prevent danger for people, animals and the environment. The men and women of the BPW fire service certainly have what it takes. There are currently 14 crew members who quickly respond to incoming reports, supported by the ten daily on-call staff. The BPW unit shares a station with Oberwiehl fire service, enabling both teams to establish a powerful fleet of seven vehicles. This includes the BPW unit’s new group fire truck, which arrived in June 2021 with state-of-the-art technology to boost the impact of the firefighting team. The LF20 features extensive equipment, including a mobile water cannon, generator, thermal imaging camera and gas detector.

The BPW unit was called to 50 deployments in 2020. Among other incidents, they helped to extinguish the large forest fire in Gummersbach.

Associations, initiatives and cooperation
BPW is committed to the transport and logistics sector as well as to social and societal issues through its membership in clubs, associations and through cooperation:

BGL Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung

BLU Bundesverband Lohnunternehmer e.V.

Bundesverband eMobilität e.V.

BVL Bundesvereinigung Logistik

BWVL Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik e.V.

CLEPA European Association of Automotive Suppliers

DSLV Bundeverband Spedition und Logistik e.V.

DVF Deutsches Verkehrs Forum

FAT Forschungsvereinigung Automobiltechnik

Innovation Hub Bergisches RheinLand

IT-Forum Oberberg

PROFI Pro Fahrer-Image e.V.


VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie

Verband Spedition und Logistik Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.



Local cooperations, e.g. with

DLRG Ortsgruppe Wiehl

Tagesmütternetz e.V.

TuS Wiehl Eissportclub e.V.

Handballschule Oberberg e.V.