Our modern working environment should be similarly diverse, but it is often far from simple to achieve this goal: “Companies publicly commit themselves to diversity and inclusion – but frequently they do little about it and don’t take any specific measures,” is how the Handelsblatt newspaper, for instance, summarised the results of the German Diversity Monitor 2021. In Germany, then, there is a considerable need to catch up. There are in fact many reasons to promote diversity in the workforce, because companies not only profit at a financial level, but are often also more innovative, creative and attractive to new talent.
One of the many facets of diversity is the equal treatment of women at work. This is a priority for Krones especially because we – like many other companies with a technical orientation – are faced with the situation where male employees are in the majority, particularly at management level. After all, while there may be an even split of men and women in a cohort of employees at the start of their career path, the proportion of women declines continuously over time the higher they go in the hierarchy, particularly because they take on responsibility for bringing up families.