Friday , May 14 2021

Swiss companies are firmly in the hands of men



Women are still barely represented in the management of Swiss companies. More than half of companies have no top management women. Things look a little better on board boards.

Women are still insufficiently represented in top management, here the head of Alpic Jasmin Staiblin. (Image: KEISTONE / GAETAN BALLI)

Women are still insufficiently represented in top management, here the head of Alpic Jasmin Staiblin. (Image: KEISTONE / GAETAN BALLI)

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Swiss companies are actually "male corporations". In 55% of 130 surveyed Swiss companies, no woman is in the executive committee. This is the findings of a study released Thursday by consulting firm Doit-smart.

Some of the praiseworthy exceptions include Unilever Sviaz and biopharmaceutical company Biogen Switzerland, which have a female share of 50% in the top management and at the same time the largest ratio in their industry.

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In the industry and insurance sector, Adval Tech has a quota of 33 percent and AKSA insurance of 22 percent. Even companies close to the federal state can still be considered as women-friendly employers with a female participation of 11% (Finma) to 29% (tourism in Switzerland) in personnel management.

The Board of Directors looks better than in board boards. In the end, sitting in 73 percent of the companies investigated at least one woman in the supervisory board. On the whole, according to Doit-smart, however, gender parity does not matter at all in about 20 percent of companies surveyed – women are not in the governing board or in the governing board.

Excellent stereotypes

According to Doit-mind, the fact that the presence of women in the Swiss executive floor remains modest is not a direct intention for companies to deliberately retain the share of women in the low. However, the appetite was low for many companies to repair this disease, she said. Stereotypes and thought patterns are often pronounced.

The analysis is based on publicly available company data and was conducted between April and October 2018.

According to the company, Doit-smart consulting company advises and monitors companies in applying gender diversity strategies to increase the percentage of women in executive positions. In the initial phase until 2019, they are supported by the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOG) and Canton Zurich – Office for Gender Equality.


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