"Employees are reliable company owners. I'm very pleased that more and more Siemens employees are participating in our share plans and remaining faithful for so long. Their actions clearly demonstrate that we've further strengthened our ownership culture and that our employees support our realignment and firmly believe in Siemens' long-term success," said Joe Kaeser, Siemens President and CEO.
Current and former employees own around five percent of all Siemens shares, making them one of the company's largest shareholder groups.
The Share Matching Program, which is one of the world's largest employee share programs, forms the core of Siemens' equity culture. Since the program's launch as an additional incentive for share purchases, the number of employee shareholders has risen by about two-thirds from the original figure of 92,000.