“Dear friends” – that’s how most e-mails at Sika begin. Many employees describe the work atmosphere as informal and uncomplicated. The Sika corporate culture, combined with the skills and expertise of our workforce, is what defines the Sika Spirit and consistently produces new record results. To ensure this remains the case in the future, employees are assured the best possible conditions.

Ethical conduct as a cornerstone of reputation

The company is actively committed to ethical conduct and integrity as the strategic cornerstones on which Sika’s excellent reputation is founded. Numerous compliance initiatives were conducted in the year under review, owing to the strong growth experienced by Sika as a result of the takeover of large companies, the establishment of new national subsidiaries, and fast-growing business activities in challenging markets. Accompanied by a large-scale international compliance campaign designed to promote integrity awareness, a Code of Conduct digital training program continued to be introduced throughout the company, as was the misconduct reporting system, the Sika TrustLine. Over 7,000 employees worldwide underwent compliance training and education in 2018. Leaders, including Senior Managers, General Managers, and Executive Management members in over 100 countries, reinforced their role model status by signing a compliance commitment.

Shared values as a strong foundation and basis of the growth strategy

Customer First, Courage for Innovation, Sustainability & Integrity, Empowerment & Respect, and Manage for Results are the defining elements of our company. These values and principles serve as a compass for all Sika national subsidiaries around the world, and are applied by our employees. Thus the Group’s culture of trust, transparency, and openness has a firm global foundation that is lived out in practice. Sika’s 2020 growth targets describe what is being done, the corporate values how this is being achieved.

Interesting prospects across the globe

Sika has a local presence in over 100 countries and its products are available worldwide. The company is growing rapidly, and is able to offer employees adaptable career paths, as opposed to rigid development plans. With its culture of flexibility and trust in talents, Sika creates and nurtures individual career opportunities and increasingly champions international mobility. Internal candidates are given preference. In recent years, for instance, some 300 employees were promoted to new positions, and 100% of Sika Senior Management roles were filled in-house or with managers joining from acquisitions. The long-term employee prospects and the corporate culture are among the reasons behind Sika’s low fluctuation rate of 6.9% (2017: 6.2%). Sika is proud to have employees who remain with the company a long time and contribute their know-how and experience over a lengthy period.

By building an employer brand, and introducing related measures focusing on digital communication, Sika is further enhancing its reputation as an employer of choice. The external recruitment strategy is aimed predominantly at hiring and developing young talents, increasing the quota of female employees, and attracting more candidates from emerging economies.