The 30 German DAX companies have committed to significantly increase the proportion of women in leadership positions in the next few years to help avoid a statutory quota. Today, the chief human resourcesHuman Resources (HRHuman Resources (HR), is the organisation within the adidas Group which is responsible for the management of our workforce. Responsibilities include attracting, selecting, training, assessing and rewarding employees as well as fostering a corporate culture of performance, passion, integrity and diversity.), is the organisation within the adidas Group which is responsible for the management of our workforce. Responsibilities include attracting, selecting, training, assessing and rewarding employees as well as fostering a corporate culture of performance, passion, integrity and diversity. officers met with politicians to present their plans on how to increase the proportion of women on management levels within their companies.
The adidas Group has already set concrete goals which are in line with our corporate culture as well as our employee structure. We plan to increase the proportion of women in management from 26% in Germany and 28% worldwide to between 32% and 35% by 2015. To reach this goal, we are increasing the proportion of women in our leadership development programmes to 35%, in order to support our female employees to take leadership positions in all areas of the company.
At the beginning of the year, the Supervisory Board already committed to increase the share of members to a minimum of three women at the next election in 2014, with at least one to be on the shareholders’ side.
In addition, the adidas Group is focusing on programmes which give employees with children the option to combine their careers with family, regardless of sex (for example: sabbaticals, teleworking, parent-child offices, child care during school holidays). The Group is also planning to build a day care centre on Herzo Base.
German magazine „Focus“ raises a question that is closely connected to the overall topic: is it really the companies that have to change or is it a new understanding of families that the society needs to embrace? What do you think?