Siegwerk, one of the world's leading suppliers of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications and labels, has joined the Cologne-based alliance Mit Frauen In Führung (With Women in Leadership) initiative promoting gender parity and career advancement for women.
The local initiative offers companies in and around Cologne, Germany, a platform for exchanging experiences on gender-oriented management. Siegwerk's formal acceptance into the alliance during the ceremony ‘Frauen Empowerment - Fakten schaffen’.
Ulrich Voigt, chairman of the board and new patron of the alliance, and Christine Kronenberg, founder of the initiative, welcomed Siegwerk as another family-owned company and the first manufacturing company in the Cologne alliance.
‘Diversity, equality and inclusion are the drivers of successful and satisfied teams. Colorfully mixed teams bring together the most diverse perspectives, enabling disruptive thinking and breaking out of old patterns,’ said Dr Nicolas Wiedmann, chief executive officer of Siegwerk. ‘Expertise knows no gender, background or personal orientation. And as a company in a classically male-dominated industry, I can only say we need more diversity and urgently more women, at all levels.’
As part of its new sustainability agenda, Siegwerk has set itself the goal, among other things, of doubling the proportion of women at the management level by 2025. Joining the Cologne-based corporate alliance once again underscores this commitment. It is intended to help improve structures and the working environment and ultimately thus attract more women to management positions at the Siegburg headquarters.
‘We are pleased to be part of this unique initiative and exchange ideas with other companies on gender-oriented management and measures for the systematic advancement of women,’ added Wiedmann. ‘For me, diversity is a clear leadership issue and for this reason, I have also made it my personal mission to sensitize managers to the relevance of diversity and to consistently raise awareness within the company. In this unique network, we are therefore very happy to exchange ideas and learn from each other.’
By participating in this local initiative, Siegwerk hopes to gain targeted, practice-oriented insights into strategies and measures for implementing successful gender management and, consequently, for creating an attractive working environment in which all those who want to make a career can do so.