Employee development People are the foundation for realizing ASSA ABLOY's ambition to be a preferred employer by 2020. Transparency, accountability, performance and personal growth, together with an agile and dynamic culture of innovation are crucial to the Group's role as a preferred employer. Professional development To best meet local needs business needs, the majority of professional training initiatives are managed on a divisional level. On a Group level ASSA ABLOY runs two global development programs each year for selected senior managers. In 2017 85 ASSA ABLOY managers participated in one of these two programs. The "MMT" Program – specifically addresses ASSA ABLOY’s strategy, focusing on its business and operations. It creates an international cross-business network of colleagues to promote best practice sharing, and facilitate integration of new employees following acquisitions. The IMD “Boosting Market Leadership Program” has the primary objective of supporting the implementation of the Group’s strategy. Promoting internal mobility Employees are actively encouraged to seek out opportunities to develop their own career. All job vacancies within the Group are posted on the Group intranet. Internal candidates are given priority, provided they have comparable qualifications to those of external candidates. In 2017 36 percent of the management positions were filled by internal candidates.