Today is International Women’s Day, and the trend at NCC is toward a more equal company. If the shareholders vote “yes” at the Annual General Meeting, both the Executive Team and the Board of Directors will be completely equal. NCC’s management teams are 40 percent women and 60 percent men, but in total the company is 86 percent men.
In contrast to many other companies, NCC’s situation is the opposite as regards the representation of women: more equal at the top and on management teams, but only 14 percent women in total in the company, and as little as 3 percent among skilled workers.
“It’s important to have a large number of women on our Board of Directors and on the management teams, since they serve as examples and inspiration for other women. We know that equal groups promote better results,” says Christina Lindbäck, SVP Corporate Sustainability at NCC.
Even if the trend at NCC is moving in the right direction, and that NCC is more equal than the rest of the industry, there is still a long way to go from 86 percent men and 14 percent women in the company. The low total number of women is not a challenge just for NCC, but for the entire industry.
“We are faced with the challenge of finding the right competences, which is why attracting all target groups — both women and men — is important. Women are needed in production, and we know that diversity is important for the efficiency of the work group and, ultimately, profitability,” ways Marie Reifeldt, HR Director at NCC.
NCC’s long-term objective is for the company’s employees to reflect society in general. Another objective is more equal work groups, with no gender constituting more than 70 percent. Based on 29 management teams from the Group, business areas, divisions and support functions, there are 19 management teams who meet this goal.
NCC conducts numerous initiatives for increased equality and diversity at all levels, from management to production. Here are a few examples:
NCC has a Diversity Committee tasked with advancing the company's diversity efforts. The Diversity Committee includes representatives from various parts of NCC.
NCC started a Diversity Council in spring 2018. The Council drafts and proposes proactive measures related to diversity on behalf of the Diversity Committee.