Comprising 68 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.
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 has already risen to 16 percent by the end of 2018. The aim is to have one in five management positions held by women by the year 2020.
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 2018. 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 2018, we were honored for the fourth year in a row as one of the top ten companies among more than 160 participating companies.
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.