DIVERSITY - VALUE HAS MANY FACES
Comprising over 85 different nationalities, our employees are highly diverse, which ensures that our customers see themselves well reflected and understood. This allows us to better reach our short, medium and long-term corporate goals and stand as a reliable, high-caliber service partner in the global arena. We firmly believe that innovative thinking is only possible if it takes different perspectives into account. The successful implementation of our digitalization strategy hinges on the creative solutions of our highly driven employees.
We are consequently fully aware of the strategic importance of diversity and regard it as an opportunity to harness the broad range of skills of a multifaceted workforce in taking our business to new heights. This is why we advocate integrating and valorizing cultural as well as social diversity and sensitize our employees to create an environment where everyone is made to feel welcome and appreciated.
Klöckner & Co is committed to an appreciative and prejudice-free working environment that values employees based on their performance. For more diversity in the workplace, we signed the Charter for Diversity Charta der Vielfalt in April 2021. The Charta der Vielfalt is an initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At Klöckner & Co, diversity stands for the potential of opportunities that arise from the personalities of our employees worldwide.
We value and use the diversity of ways of thinking, experience, perspectives and lifestyles for the long-term success of the company. Based on the diversity dimensions of the Charta der Vielfalt, all employees should receive the same appreciation - regardless of age, gender and gender identity, ethnic origin and nationality, religion and world view, sexual orientation and identity or physical abilities.
As part of the Charta der Vielfalt, we are committed to:
- cultivate an organisational culture characterised by mutual respect and appreciation. We create the foundations for managers and employees to acknowledge, share and live these values. They are in fact accorded particular responsibility to do so.
- recognise diversity within and outside our organisation, appreciating the intrinsic potential residing in this diversity, and utilising it advantageously for our business or organisation.
- make the content of the Charter the topic of internal and external dialogue.
To us, creativity means making the most of people’s different cultural backgrounds and genders. That’s why we promote not only different nationalities but also women stepping up into specialist and management positions. For this reason, we have not only set our sights on increasing the number of women in management roles throughout the Group but have already incorporated and begun implementing it in our strategy. So far, the percentage of women employed at management levels one to three below board level has risen from eight percent in 2011 to 14 percent in 2014 and to 17 percent in 2019, reaching 16% by the end of 2020. The aim is to have 22% of management positions held by women by the year 2024.
For information on the proportion of women in the first two management levels below the Management Board of Klöckner & Co SE in accordance with the German law on equal participation of women and men in management positions, please refer to the relevant comments in the Annual Report ("Corporate Governance Declaration" in the chapter "Corporate Governance"). There is no doubt that our measures geared to advancing women in management positions are bearing fruit, as demonstrated by the results of the "Women's Career Index" for the years 2015 to 2020. This independent annual survey is regularly conducted by the Women Career Index of Barbara Lutz Index Management GmbH and is based on objective corporate facts and figures relating to the promotion of women in decision-making positions. In 2020, we were honored for the sixth year in a row as one of the top ten companies.
The 2020 joint study by the women's magazine Brigitte and Territory Embrace also shows that Klöckner attaches great importance to the advancement of women. Due to its good performance in the following areas, Klöckner was desired as one of the best employers for women: Measures to reconcile career and family, work flexibility, measures to promote careers and the importance of transparency and equality.
In addition, we are committed to the "Chefsache" initiative. "Chefsache" is a network of leaders from industry and science, the public sector and the media personally committed to make gender balance a top management priority. The "Chefsache" initiative is committed to lead by example, exploring new concepts and approaches to promote the required change of mind-set throughout society.