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Well-trained and experienced employees are an important prerequisite for our company success. It is largely thanks to their achievements, their skills, and their commitment that we hold leading positions in our markets. We offer a variety of attractive opportunities for personnel development and actively support international and interdisciplinary collaboration. We promote diversity across all business segments, and regions.

The Fresenius Group had 149,351 employees at the end of 2011, an increase of 11,799 or 9% (December 31, 2010: 137,552). Organically, the number of employees increased by 4%, while acquisitions contributed 5% to this growth.

The employee numbers increased in all business segments, as the table below shows. At the end of 2011, there were 45,262 employees (30%) in Germany, an increase of 11% (2010: 40,823). 104,089 employees (70%) are employed at our foreign companies. The chart shows the distribution of our employees by region. These percentages approximately correspond to the sales contributions of the respective continents. In Europe, the number of employees grew by 12%. This was mainly due to the acquisitions at Fresenius Medical Care and Fresenius Helios. The number of employees also rose strongly in Asia-Pacific, with an increase of 7%, mainly due to the extension of production facilities at Fresenius Kabi.

Number of employees Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 31, 2010 Change % of total
Fresenius Medical Care 83,476 77,442 8% 56%
Fresenius Kabi 24,106 22,851 5% 16%
Fresenius Helios 37,198 33,321 12% 25%
Fresenius Vamed 3,724 3,110 20% 2%
Corporate/Other 847 828 2% 1%
Total 149,351 137,552 9% 100%

Number of employees Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 31, 2010 Change % of total
Fresenius Medical Care 83,476 77,442 8% 56%
Fresenius Kabi 24,106 22,851 5% 16%
Fresenius Helios 37,198 33,321 12% 25%
Fresenius Vamed 3,724 3,110 20% 2%
Corporate/Other 847 828 2% 1%
Total 149,351 137,552 9% 100%

Personnel expenses for the Fresenius Group were €5,555 million in 2011 (2010: €5,354 million), equivalent to 33.6% of sales (2010: 33.5%). The increase was mainly due to collectively bargained pay increases and the higher overall number of employees. Personnel expenses per employee were €38.8 thousand (2010: €39.9 thousand). In constant currency, they remained close to the 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 2011.

Fresenius takes diversity into account and promotes it. We are convinced that our potential for continued success can only be tapped through the heterogeneity of perspectives, opinions, cultures, and backgrounds. One of the most important factors in this respect is our internationalism, especially of our management executives.

It is indispensible for companies to hire qualified women and, going forward, to benefit even more from the potential of its female employees. Fresenius relies in this regard on the long-term, sustainable advancement of women. The aim is to continuously expand the already very high percentage of women in leadership positions through company-specific measures such as flexible working hours, part-time job schemes, or home office regulations. As per December 31, 2011, at the top management level, based on the worldwide circle of executive officers covered by the stock option plans, the proportion of female executives at Fresenius Group is 27%. The proportion of female employees within the Fresenius Group is 67%. We will, however, continue not to set any fixed quotas in this regard, since this would generally restrict the choice of suitable candidates. At Fresenius, what matters for the selection of personnel is qualification, 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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