Gender balance and diversity Promoting gender balance and diversity strenghtens ASSA ABLOY's competitiveness and performance. Local market understanding is a key success factor for ASSA ABLOY, as the company is characterized by its geographical expansion and new market development. With its Code of Conduct and Gender Diversity Policy as a foundation, ASSA ABLOY systematically works with gender balance at all levels throughput the Group. Today, ASSA ABLOY works on increasing diversity and gender balance by: Making efforts to increase the percentage of women participating in ASSA ABLOY's leadership and development programs Promoting a diverse workforce with a good understanding of local markets. Focusing on the recruitment process – ASSA ABLOY gives priority to the underrepresented gender in connection with recruitment (provided the candidates' qualifications are equal) Making efforts to have one candidate from the underrepresented gender on the shortlist in each recruitment situation.