The is the joint result of companies, associations, scientific bodies and social partners in the Plattform 4.0. It aims at a world of work that puts people at its heart - in interplay with organisational structure and technology. With the Charter, the Plattform reiterates its commitment to social sustainability as a key component of its 2030 Vision: "The Charter ensures that social sustainability is and remains at the core of Industrie 4.0," says Dr Frank Melzer, CTO at Festo and former head of the Steering Committee of the Plattform Industrie 4.0.
Participants in two virtual panel discussions discussed the Charter at the Hannover Messe on 13 April 2021, with particular focus on its significance for business and organisational practice and its international context.
The core statements of the Charter:
Greater autonomy of workers and employees
Working in Industry 4.0 is characterised by the autonomy and participation of workers and employees in change processes. It is crucial to maintain and expand their ability to learn and act. Successful companies adapt to these developments and reorganise their working practices accordingly.
Support provided by agile working
Agile companies react flexibly and directly to the demands of the digital transformation. New forms of working and learning culture support employees in successfully dealing with the dynamics of Industry 4.0.
Participation as the key to innovation and value creation
Constructive dialogue between the social partners is essential if the digital transformation is to succeed in the interests of both employees and companies. Taking on board innovative ideas from the workforce itself significantly boosts company productivity and innovation.
New technologies – in harmony with both the economy and the environment
The focus is on what makes technical sense for people - not simply what is technologically feasible. Actively involving those directly affected by new technologies in shaping the introduction of these technologies creates acceptance, promotes the development of competencies and boosts company success.