Diversity & Inclusion
As a globally operating company, we consider the diversity of our workforce to be a great strength. Deutsche Post DHL Group brings together people from a wide range of societies and cultural backgrounds – all of them with differing skills, experiences and views.
Diversity takes in all the differences that make us unique individuals. At Deutsche Post DHL Group, we perceive diversity as something that goes beyond gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic protected under law. We promote inclusion in day-to-day working life. Teamwork and collaboration are characterized by mutual respect, openness, honesty and integrity, and a common understanding of what trust-based cooperation means – all with the goal of achieving productivity, creativity and efficiency at the highest-possible levels.
The Diversity Council, which advises on further development of diversity management strategy within the Group, convened three times in 2017. The effectiveness of our measures is subject to systematic review.
We offer women and men the same opportunities and career perspectives. Logistics is still considered a male-dominated industry, indeed just one-third of our employees are women. In upper and middle management, however, the Group-wide share of women in executive positions is 21.5%. We also strive to make the jobs, working models and management responsibilities we offer more attractive to women. We continue to hold the Total E-Quality award in recognition of our equal opportunities activities.
In line with the German Act on Equal Participation of Women and Men in Leadership Positions in the Private and Public Sectors, we continue to work towards our goal of increasing the share of women in our principal company, Deutsche Post AG, in Germany to 20% in the first management level and to 30% in the second management level below the Board of Management by the end of 2019. Both management levels are differentiated according to reporting lines.
We offer employees and managers special training on the topic of diversity and inclusion. The aim is to sensitize managers to the fact that they play a key role in putting diversity management into practice.
In 2017, we developed and introduced a tool which, among other things, enables self-assessment in relation to diversity issues at the team level. Another focal point of our diversity management work involved the development of digital media, including an e-magazine and an app which enable us to reach employees more effectively.
We were also involved in the development of the UN Commission on Human Rights’ recommendations for globally operating enterprises on combatting discrimination against homosexual, bisexual and transgender people, and will help in raising international awareness of these recommendations through our internal communications channels.