EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): Germany and other countries


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
20.17 - Manufacture of synthetic rubber in primary forms
Number Employed: 16500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-09-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 1700
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2023

Additional Information

German plastic and chemical company Covestro has announced that it plans to reduce up to 1,700 jobs worldwide – of which 950 in Germany – by the end of 2023. The restructuring programme is due to the strategic focus on the circular economy and the new group structure, as Covestro intends to convert to a chemical recycling company.

The spokesperson reveals the programme will include voluntary dismissal programmes, early retirement schemes and natural departure, as compulsory redundancies are not permitted under the collective agreement by 2025. The source reports that a final decision on number has to be taken in the near future. The conditions of the programme will be negotiated with employees’ representatives as the dismissals should be as socially acceptable as possible.

Covestro is a German company which produces a variety of polyurethane and polycarbonate based raw materials. It is a Bayer spin off formed in the fall of 2015 and was formerly called Bayer MaterialScience. Currently, the company employs about 17,000 people worldwide.