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The promotion of women in management positions is a focus not only at ECKART GmbH, but at ALTANA as a whole. At the ALTANA level, this promotion of diversity has been further anchored in human resources management by intensifying measures already introduced in the past and also with new instruments. One focus is the promotion of women through personnel development measures. In ALTANA's national and international management development programs, the proportion of women has been significantly increased in recent years. Furthermore, the continuing education program also includes special offers for women. A mentoring program was newly introduced. In addition, various informal platforms were created to generally intensify the dialog on this topic. These include regular meetings of women in management positions to strengthen the network and other events designed to generate contributions to the continuous improvement of the framework conditions for the working environment at ALTANA.
In the medium to long term, ALTANA's goal is to increase the proportion of women in management positions in the ALTANA Group to 30%. This corresponds roughly to the proportion of women in the total workforce.
In accordance with the requirements of the Act on the Equal Participation of Women in Management Positions in the Private Sector and in the Public Sector, which came into force in April 2015, ALTANA Chemie Beteiligungs-GmbH, as shareholder of ECKART GmbH, set a target of 17% for the proportion of women on the Supervisory Board and a target of 30% for the proportion of women in management positions in September 2015 until the end of the target achievement period on June 30, 2017. At the end of the target achievement period, the Supervisory Board of ECKART GmbH, which consists of four shareholder representatives and two employee representatives, was composed of five men and one woman. One woman was a member of the company's three-member management board. Thus, both set targets were achieved.
In September 2015, the Management Board was obliged to set corresponding target figures for the two management levels of ECKART GmbH below the Management Board. By the end of the target achievement period on June 30, 2017, a target figure of 10% for the first management level below the Management Board and a target figure of 25% for the second management level was agreed. By the end of the target achievement period on June 30, 2017, the proportion of women at the first management level was 7%. At the second management level, the proportion of women was 26%. The set targets were therefore only achieved with regard to the second management level.
At the end of the first target achievement period, the shareholder of ECKART GmbH, ALTANA Chemie Beteiligungs-GmbH, set new target figures. For the Supervisory Board, a target figure of 17% and for the Management Board a target figure of 30% was set until the end of the new target achievement period on June 30, 2020. For the first management level below the Management Board, the Management Board decided on a target of 10% for the proportion of women and 30% for the second management level by the end of the new target achievement period on June 30, 2020.