The “Diversity” team has initiated a series of measures intended to sustainably promote women’s career progress within our Company. Since then, the share of women in management positions has steadily increased: At the end of 2016, 24.3 percent of employees in the management in Germany were women. Our objective is to increase this proportion to at least 25 percent by the end of 2020.
Another important project related to women's career advancement in our Company is our mentoring programme, aimed at female employees with the potential to rise to management positions. Participants have the opportunity to work on their personal development with experienced executives, primarily from the Board of Management.
In 2016, ERGO was awarded the signet “top4women” by the “women&work” careers fair, Germany’s biggest careers fair for women, for the second time. The signet honours the Company’s efforts to support women in their work and professional development. The Jury saluted the commitment to a family-friendly HR policy and acknowledged the large number of tools and models for getting the work-life balance right.
Different life phases or sudden upheavals in the family always exert an impact on an individual’s working life. As far as ERGO is concerned, diversity is therefore also about creating options for relieving the pressure in this field of tension. Our family-oriented HR policy and our measures to balance work and family life have been regularly evaluated and documented by the “work and family” audit since 2002. In 2016, ERGO received the certificate of the German non-profit foundation Hertie-Stiftung for the fifth time.