Reaching 40% women in EC management
22 July, 2017
A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to hire 40% women in its management are two key features of the Commission's new human resources policy presented last Wednesday, the EU press service reported. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all. Concrete steps will also be taken to make best use of the talent of all of the Commission's employees.
“We want our staff to be valued and accepted, irrespective of their age, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. If we build on this diversity, we will be more innovative and deliver better results for our citizens,” Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, in charge of budget and human resources, said.
In addition to the strategy, the Commission has adopted a set of robust measures to bring female representation in its management to at least 40% by 1 November 2019. These include individual targets for all Commission departments when it comes to appointing someone as Head of Unit for the first time. Departments that are falling behind their targets may be asked to attract suitable female candidates before proceeding with an appointment.
These measures come on top of those adopted earlier, including efforts to identify, develop and support female talent, targeted training sessions as well as mentoring. The strategy will start a process of reporting, monitoring and further fine-tuning of proposed measures.