Greeting of the Minster for Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Mrs. Manuela Schwesig

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased that the “Women’s Career Index” project is being successfully continued. The FKi identifies the fields of action in which companies are committed to achieving the goals set for more equal opportunities for women and men – for example, reconciling work and family life or making working hours more flexible. Companies that take part in the FKi surveys attach importance to sustainable change in their work and corporate culture and are not afraid of transparency. This applies to all companies that are certified within the scope of the fourth phase of the FKi survey and they receive their certificate today – thank you very much for your commitment.

The Act on the Equal Participation of Women and Men in Management Positions, which came into force on 1 May 2015, will make considerable progress in development. It will significantly increase interest in attracting women to management positions – not only by means of the fixed quota for the proportion of women on the supervisory boards of listed and fully co-determined companies, but also by the obligation for listed or co-determined companies to set targets for management boards, supervisory boards and the two management levels

The Federal Government supports the companies concerned in the implementation with a variety of measures such as a practical guide and a series of workshops. It is important to us to remain in dialogue with the companies. We have compiled more detailed information on our measures on the website www.bmfsfj.de/zielsicher.

A central aspect of the FKi is the permeability of career paths. Only if companies can ensure that women have fair opportunities in all career steps will they be able to advance to the top. The FKi shows exactly when and where women are left behind on their way to the top. Figures, data and facts therefore become an important instrument of control and create transparency both internally and externally. Today’s prize-winning companies together employ around 550,000 men and women. With the award of the certificate, I would like to acknowledge you as patron for your commitment to more women in management positions. Please continue on the path you have chosen – and good luck!

With kindest regards

Manuela Schwesig 

Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth