Sika's firm commitment to diversity and gender mix
"The Women at Sika Initiative is about making the organisation aware of the benefits of Diversity. Men play an equal role in this conversation. It is about being mindful that everyone has a voice and that voice is heard."
Sika’s global presence and associated proximity to customers makes it extremely important to integrate different cultures and share experience and know-how across national boundaries. The company firmly believes that the diversity experienced by employees on a daily basis is one of the factors in its success, and it supports an open and inclusive culture, which nurtures a strong sense of belonging and community. A diverse and inclusive workforce enables a wider talent pool, drives innovation and enhances profitability and competitiveness. At courses and seminars, Sika managers are encouraged to give high priority to diversity in team and project planning. 46 nationalities are represented among Sika’s Senior Managers and the percentage of women has raised from 9.2% to 10.9% in 2020. In general, women account for 23.1% of the Group’s total headcount (previous year: 23.0%). Including the recent acquisitions, the percentage of women slightly decreased to 22.8%.
As inclusion becomes non-negotiable for businesses, the need to attract and retain diversity in talent is one of the key focus areas for Sika India. As an Employer we are making conscious efforts to improve Diversity & Inclusion. For us this is not just an initiative but a continuous journey.
As part of the “Women of Sika” campaign, an action plan with toolkits was developed that focuses on the following three pillars: increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of women at Sika. The “Women of Sika” campaign will be embedded in a broader initiative aimed at fostering the Sika culture, ethical behavior, and diversity. The goal of the overall initiative is the promotion of an integrated value set across the whole Sika organization.
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