Achieving gender equality in the workplace /Global/Sustainability/photos/agnes_richter_aa_paves_the_way_224px.jpg ASSA ABLOY is committed to improving the Group’s gender balance, having set a goal of having women in 30 percent of management positions by 2020. ASSA ABLOY’s HR Director Krister Eriksson believes a better balance between men and women at all levels in the organization will contribute to making ASSA ABLOY an even stronger company, both in terms of performance and its attractiveness as an employer. “It will broaden our perspective on various issues, which will help us make better decisions,” Krister says. “Gender diversity should be part of the Group’s DNA.” Studies show that companies with women in senior management positions perform better. ASSA ABLOY’s traditional business and technology has historically attracted mostly men, so it’s certainly a challenge to attract and retain women in the Group. To ensure that ASSA ABLOY reaches its goal of 30 percent of management positions being filled by women by 2020, the divisions will increase their efforts to achieve a better balance and there will be a systematic follow-up on the progress made. The ambition is also to increase the proportion of female participants in leadership programs run by IMD, the international business school ASSA ABLOY works with. “Primarily, we want to promote the women already working for the company,” says Krister. “I think perhaps women need an extra push and support to apply for jobs internally.” It’s a matter of changing the company culture, and we can do it. Are you interested to find out more about Agnes Richter, ASSA ABLOY France, who was one of 20 participants in a June 2011 workshop in Stockholm on the topic of increasing the number of women in senior management positions? Please visit the ASSA ABLOY career pages.