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Advancing our people

We foster our employees’ development, wellbeing and engagement in an inclusive work environment that embraces diversity.


Initiatives and programs

The success of Sonova stems not only from our innovative solutions, but our people and our culture. Across our business and brands, we all share one vision: to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and lives a life without limitations. This unifying vision, taken together with our corporate values, forms the foundation of our culture and creates a common understanding of how we work together.

The sections that follow present a description of the various aspects of the ‘Advancing our people’ pillar of our IntACT ESG strategy:

  • Talent development

    We believe that every employee should have an individual development plan. We therefore launched in spring 2019 an initiative that allows employees at all levels to define their own development objectives under the annual appraisal process and to discuss them with their managers in dedicated development conversations. The aim is to ensure that we are investing effectively in the advancement of each individualʼs strengths and preferences.

    Global trends such as demographic changes, a limited availability of specialist talent, and the need to adapt quickly to shifting markets highlight the importance of a proactive staffing strategy for Sonova. We strongly believe that developing talent with the goal of ensuring internal succession is vital to sustainable success. 

  • Diversity and inclusion

    It is Sonova’s vision to create a world where everyone – without distinction – enjoys the delight of hearing. By offering the most comprehensive range of solutions to treat all major forms of hearing loss, we aim for our consumers and employees to feel fully included in society. To reach this goal, our workforce and work culture need to reflect the values of diversity and inclusion.

    Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is included in our Code of Conduct. We value the diversity of languages, background, ethnic origin, disabilities, culture, beliefs, gender identity and/or sexual orientation among our employees, which reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate. 

    We are committed to providing equal hiring, development, and advancement opportunities. We strive to create an environment in which all employees feel safe, valued, included, and empowered to do their best work, realize their full potential, and bring innovative ideas to support our customers and businesses. We know that each employeeʼs unique experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints enhance our ability to deliver the best possible products, services, and support to our customers, consumers, patients, and business partners.

  • Occupational health and safety

    Sonova is committed to provide and promote an occupational health and safety culture that supports and protects our employees. We regularly monitor and analyze the potential health and safety risks of our operations and implement both legally-required and voluntary occupational health and safety programs.

  • Employee wellbeing

    Sonova is committed to foster employeesʼ health and wellbeing. Our Group companies and operation centers take specific prevention and health promotion measures to help maintain and enhance each employeeʼs capacity for productive and fulfilling work. A Corporate Health Manager drives wellbeing at Sonova.