From Europe, Asia, Australia to America: Webasto is wherever our customers need us. Our multicultural workforce of over 15,000 employees works in more than 50 locations in over 20 countries worldwide and is united by our values that emphasize collaboration, openness and mutual respect.
Diversity and equal opportunities by conviction
As Webasto continues to grow, it is important to us that we maintain our open and welcoming atmosphere. We take the well-being of our employees seriously and are committed to fair and attractive working conditions. We focus on long-term opportunities for our employees, considering their individual talents and strengths, and encouraging anyone who wants to take on new challenges or more responsibility. By managing leadership, grading and performance management processes, we promote sustainable people management and live the Webasto values as ONE organization.
Our vision of Diversity
At Webasto, we embrace the advantages of a diverse workforce to create innovative products for our global markets and customers.
We commit to creating an inclusive work environment, where everyone is respected, valued, and feels a sense of belonging. Working in an inclusive environment empowers our employees to use their individual competencies and develop their full potential.
We are convinced that this will also have a huge positive impact on our business results on a long-term basis.
In November 2021, the Management Board approved our Webasto Diversity strategy which focuses on four dimensions un which diversity is to be strengthened:
- cultural background
- professional background
Our focus for 2022
The current proportion of women in our global workforce is 23%, in Germany 19%. Approximately 15% of our management positions worldwide are held by women, in Germany 10%. We aim to increase the percentage of women in leadership positions to be the same across the whole workforce and double the number of female managers in Germany by 2028.
Improvement of gender diversity in management positions
As such, we are gearing our recruitment activity and talent development toward achieving a balanced gender ratio by implementing a range of new measures. When filling a new management position, at least one woman should be shortlisted. We will also consider the female quota when identifying potential talent. In the first quarter of 2022, we piloted leadership training on diversity awareness and unconscious bias. On the Board level, we welcomed our first female member of the Webasto Management Board in April 2022. Progress on women in leadership positions will be systematically analyzed twice a year, and the data will be reported to the Management Board.
Zero tolerance of discrimination
The Webasto Code of Conduct stipulates the fair and equal treatment of all employees. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment on the grounds of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all employees as well as our suppliers.
Equal pay for all genders
As per our Diversity Charter, we guarantee fair, competitive and transparent remuneration for our employees, including equal pay for all genders. An evaluation comparing the compensation of different genders for two main locations, Germany and China, conducted in 2021, showed that there was no significant difference in compensation between genders. Incidents of discrimination can be addressed with HR, regional Compliance Officers or directly with the Chief Compliance Officer of Webasto. An anonymous reporting system is currently being rolled out. To date, violations of our principles are neither known to Webasto nor otherwise apparent or obvious.