It is our conviction that sustainable action not only calls for binding rules but also for innovative ideas. With this in mind, our employees' suggestions play a fundamental role in actively contributing to improvements within the company. By intensively utilizing the creativity of our entire workforce, Wincor Nixdorf's idea management system plays a role in continuously improving our products, services, and working processes in a constantly changing environment.
In the period under review, more than 1,300 ideas were submitted in Germany, with a benefit to the business, the environment, and social or community structures. These led to savings with a value of 3.5 million euros. In the reporting period, 9% of the ideas submitted were of relevance to the environment, achieving total savings of approximately 100,000 euros.
Furthermore, the level of participation by our employees in the idea management scheme continues to be high. It is clear that the improvements we have achieved thanks to this realignment of our idea management system are not merely a passing trend linked to one-off campaigns. Indeed, idea management has become firmly established within the company.
Idea management: ideas submitted and savings achieved (in € '000s)
In 2016, Wincor Nixdorf was awarded a special prize by the German Center for Idea Management ("Zentrum für Ideenmanagement") as the company with the best ideas in terms of the sustainability of its business processes. The award is presented by an independent international jury to organizations with outstanding services and achievements in the field of idea management.