Diversity

Diversity and equal opportunities

As a group with global operations, we rely on employees who understand local markets and customers, and who are able to apply their experience and their different perspectives to enrich the work of their team. At 31 December 2016, our workforce comprised employees from 135 countries, while 67 nations were represented in the German companies alone. The proportion of senior managers from countries other than Germany was 67.5 percent in 2016. During the reporting year, around 190 of our employees were sent on secondment to subsidiaries abroad.

Goal

14%

of women in the first management tier
below the Executive Board by 2017,
18% by 2022

17%

of women in the second management tier
below the Executive Board by 2017,
22% by 2022

Measures

  • Initiative for women with management responsibility and leadership potential
  • Networking events and workshops
  • Mentoring schemes

Status

16%

of women in the first management tier
below the Executive Board

18%

of women in the second management tier
below the Executive Board

Diversity is one of the four values set out in the Linde Spirit, which applies to all employees around the world. The Linde Competency Model, which is based on it, is used by us in most countries in the evaluation and training of managers.

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2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2016, the figures provided for the years 2015 and 2016 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

Staff up to 30 years old

%

 

17.1

 

17.5

 

18.4

 

18.2

Staff between 31 and 50 years old

%

 

57.9

 

58.3

 

57.5

 

58.0

Staff over 50 years old

%

 

25.0

 

24.2

 

24.1

 

23.8

Nationalities of employees in Germany

 

 

67

 

64

 

65

 

65

Non-German nationalities among senior managers in Germany

%

 

67.5

 

67.3

 

71.0

 

72.9

Proportion of female employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in total workforce

%

 

32.5

 

30.7

 

28.7

 

27.3

in Germany

%

 

23.8

 

25.4

 

25.4

 

25.9

in senior management positions

%

 

16.2

 

14.5

 

13.9

 

13.2

in the Executive Board

%

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

in the Supervisory Board

%

 

25.0

 

25.0

 

16.6

 

16.6

Severely disabled employees (Germany)

%

 

3.4

 

3.6

 

3.4

 

3.5

An important priority in our actions to promote diversity is to increase the proportion of women in management positions. We have set ourselves the target of increasing the proportion of women in the first management tier below the Executive Board to 14 percent by mid-2017 and 18 percent by mid-2022. At 31 December 2016, the proportion of female senior managers in this tier was already around 16 percent (2015: 11 percent). In the second management tier below the Executive Board, we are aiming for the proportion of women to be at least 17 percent by mid-2017 and 22 percent by mid-2022. This figure was around 18 percent at 31 December 2016 (2015: 16 percent). In order to meet these targets, the Linde Executive Board is supporting various measures including employee initiatives. In Europe, Asia and Australia, for example, we undertook numerous activities in 2016 which seek among other things to encourage potential female executives, such as networking events, workshops and a mentoring programme. In accordance with statutory regulation, we have also set ourselves targets for the proportion of women on the Supervisory Board and Executive Board.