International Women's Day: Companies hold the key to safeguarding equal opportunities

Greiner AG

Today is International Women's Day. For more than 100 years, this day draws attention to women's rights, gender equality and existing discrimination all over the world. Even though equal rights for women and men have been formally achieved, there is still a need to catch up in many areas of life. The business world is no exception.

That is why Greiner supports the "UN Women's Empowerment Principles", an initiative launched by UN Women and the UN Global Compact Network. Greiner CEO Axel Kühner, "We must ensure fair representation of women and equal pay for all. Endorsing the UN Women’s Empowerment principles underlines our commitment to promote equal opportunities at Greiner.”

Supporting initiatives is one thing, but implementing concrete measures is another. That's why Greiner is focusing on clear goals to sustainably promote women in all our divisions and subsidiaries and to increase their share and influence in key areas of our company. By 2025, we will increase the proportion of female managers at the company to 35% (2018: 25%) and the share of women working outside production to more than 50% (2018: 43%).

"More than 10,000 employees* worldwide ensure Greiner's success. About 40% of them are women – that is not enough. Even though we have recorded some notable success in the past few years, many tasks are still predominantly performed by men. It is clear to us that only if we and other companies actively promote the potential of women will we be able to initiate a general improvement in the situation in society," concludes Axel Kühner.