Message from Federal Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey

Greeting from the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Dr. Franziska Giffey for the presentation of the results of the Women Career Index 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am pleased to be the patron of the Women’s Career Index (FKi) again this year. It pursues a goal that the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth has also set itself – to permanently increase the proportion of female managers in German companies. In the Federal Ministry for Women we say: Women can become anything, even board members or top managers. In fact, women in these positions have so far been rather the exception. This is precisely why we need partners like the Women’s Career Index (FKi).

Since its inception in 2012, the index has examined how women at various levels of management develop in their careers. It supports companies, organisations and institutions in taking more efficient measures to permanently improve women’s chances of advancement. At its launch in 2012, those involved have literally broken new ground. Many companies from the very beginning simply had no meaningful data on the career paths of their employees. That has changed. Gender monitoring has now become standard practice for them. And they have recognised that the promotion of female executives should be a firmly established corporate goal. Because it is right to promote women, especially in the current competition for the best specialists. And because they can better meet the challenges of the future with mixed teams. 

As the Federal Ministry for Women’s Affairs, we want to further promote this cultural change. To this end, in 2015 we presented the Act on the Equal Participation of Women and Men in Management Positions in the Private Sector and in the Civil Service. Since then, the situation on supervisory boards has improved significantly. But we still see too little movement at the management level. I am therefore pleased when companies seek professional support to strengthen the role of women here too. 

You help shape social change. You are doing something against existing disadvantages and ensure that women in our country can really do everything. 

Ultimately, we all benefit from this, because these changes make our companies more open, more transparent and demonstrably more economically successful.

I wish the FKi and everyone involved all the best for the future. 

Best wishes

Dr. Franziska Giffey Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth