Nearly every second employee in Siemens is shareholder
The number of employees holding Siemens shares increased eight percent to 165,000, compared to 153,000 in the previous year.
This year, more than 131,000 employees – or 39 percent of all eligible employees – took part in Siemens' Share Matching Program, a very high figure compared to similar global share programs.
Particularly noteworthy was the positive trend in North America and Asia: Participation in the U.S. alone increased by around 18 percent and even climbed by roughly 32 percent in China.
After a three-year holding period, Siemens employee shareholders receive one matching share at no additional expense for every three shares held.
This year, Siemens distributed around 473,000 of these matching shares with a total value of approximately €56 million.
Eighty-two thousand employees in 66 countries profited from this distribution.
Most of these employees have long-term investment horizons: 87 percent of all employee shareholders still hold their matching shares three years after receiving them. ■