On 20th September 2015, Aachen City presented the “family-friendly” rating award to the Company Kindergarten Karlinis and the companies involved Grünenthal GmbH, FEV GmbH, Dr. Babor GmbH &Co. KG, Blitzschutzbau Rhein-Main, Mäurer & Wirtz GmbH Co.KG. The City of Aachen justified this by the fact that the named companies had managed with the construction of the day care centre Karlinis to make the compatibility of work and family in an operative context in an exemplary manner.
Heinz-Gerd Suelmann, Global Human Resources, accepted the award on behalf of Grünenthal:
“Grünenthal and the other companies involved are very pleased about the ‘family-friendly’ rating award. We regard it as recognition of our efforts in the area of compatibility of work and family. Stamina, patience and long-term commitment that characterise the family-owned company, and the will to bring the project to a successful conclusion, made Kita ‘Karlinis’ a reality and we are very proud of the result. With the Kita we dedicate ourselves to the location of Aachen. The city’s award helps us to attract qualified professionals to the region and to keep them here.”
The award ceremony took place in the Karlinis day care centre and the award was presented by Aachen’s Lord Mayor, Marcel Phillip. Representatives of the five companies, educators, representatives of Karlinis Parent Advisory Board as well as their children were present.
In spring 2015 the five companies involved together with the responsible body, educcare, opened the first company kindergarten in Aachen sponsored according to NRW’s children’s education law.