A series of mergers, takeovers and rescue packages were required to maintain
the viability of a number of major companies in Germany’s troubled banking
sector. The latest episode followed the collapse of the Lehman Brothers
investment bank in the US. The knock-on effect in Germany was the 70%
collapse in shares at the Hypo Real Estate (HRE) bank.
The Foundation project ‘Attractive workplace for all: A contribution to the Lisbon Strategy at company level’ aims at identifying pioneer company practices, policies and agreements and showing how the Lisbon strategy is being implemented on the ground at company level. Examples of innovative company practice were gathered from several Member States. In this report, case examples for the UK are organised under the following six thematic headings: fostering employability; increasing labour market participation of underemployed groups; integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion; make work pay, make work attractive; towards a balanced flexibility; and business creation and entrepreneurship.