Diversity: The numbers
The Maersk Group sets targets for the share of women and nationalities in management, which drive its activities to increase workplace diversity. In 2015, the Group set new targets due to an internal restructuring process and therefore concluded on the previous targets set in 2013. The Group achieved two of the three previous targets for women in management and now has five new targets for 2018“
They are not outlandish targets that people think are unattainable or that would encourage people to make bad decisions. It’s a long-term journey, and we’re committed to steady progress,” says Lucien Alziari, Group Head of HR.
The organisation also introduced a diversity dashboard in 2015, which helps the Maersk Group and business units better track progress in meeting targets, as well as identify current and future challenges.
Diversity - Targeting the full talent pool
Shipping and oil have never topped many lists for women looking at potential career opportunities. This is changing and Maersk is pushing the development.
“Virtually every company deals with a tapering off in the representation of women as you go up the pyramid. There’s no single solution for that. Trust me, we’ve looked,” says Lucien Alziari, Group Head of HR.
Tapping the power of networking
The Group’s approach has been to surround women with as many specific enablers as possible, from the internal development course Strategies for Success, for example, to improved global maternity benefits introduced in April.
Now, the Group is tapping into the power of networking across companies and even industries to tackle gender diversity.
“Different industries may start from different places in terms of readiness and capacity. But the challenges are not that different. It’s good to go outside the boundaries of the Group. The opportunity to learn goes up when you broaden your network of people to collaborate with,” says Alziari.
Peers in other companies
On the evening of May 12, around a dozen Signature graduates gathered for a reunion and networking event at Esplanaden in Copenhagen.
Rebecca Roes, Vice President and Global Head of Accounting at Maersk Line, who hosted the event, welcomed the attendees, who hailed from various Maersk Group business units as well as Cargill and Arla.
“It’s the only leadership programme for women where I felt we didn’t spend any time talking about gender. I found that very refreshing,” she told the group. Instead, the course focuses on the challenges all leaders face.
Roes was selected in 2015 to attend the original Signature Program, which is tailored to women entering executive leadership levels. Now, the Maersk Group – together with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Cargill and TE Connectivity – is extending the programme to mid-level managers with a sister course, Signature Select, to bolster the middle of the talent pipeline.