Coloplast believes in respecting and fostering diversity, and is actively following the external debate. Over the past three years we have taken steps to ensure equal opportunities for our employees, irrespective of gender, age, nationality, etc. As a principle, we want our employee’s career development to be performance based, without the hindrance of culturally related obstacles.
The under representation of women in top management has been under review in Denmark over the past few years. As a result in 2007, the Danish government introduced the voluntary code of conduct ‘The Charter for More Women in Management’. The charter encouraged companies to commit to increasing the number of women in managerial positions and allowed the companies a choice of method in doing so. In Coloplast we believe this pragmatic approach to gender diversity works well, so our CEO, Lars Rasmussen, signed the Charter. We then identified where the need for more sustained efforts was located.
When reviewing our global people data we were pleased with the high percentage of women in our overall management group (40% in 2011/12), and agreed to focus on top management (11% in 2011/12 – a 5% point drop from 2009/10).The next step taken was to formally agree on the target to double the number of women in top management within five years – this includes Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents and Executive Management. We want to go from a baseline of 11% in 2011/12 to 22% by the end of 2017.
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