Goal 5 - Gender equality

Gender Equality SDG 5.5 - Ensure full participation in leadership and decision-making. 

Why: As Northern Europe’s largest industrial holding company we have a major role to contribute to gender equality and full participation in women decision-making. At Investor we strongly believe that diverse teams characterized by inclusion and different perspectives stimulate innovation and drive better decision-making. 

What we do: We encourage and expect our companies to invest in competence development, promote inclusion and diversity, and to ensure non-discrimination as well as a safe and healthy work environment. In 2020 we set long-term targets for increasing the underrepresented gender representation in Boards and management groups of our companies to a 40/60 ratio by 2030. One year after the target was introduced, representation at Board level increased from 25 % to 30 %. In 2020, Investor also participated in the SISD’s working group on gender equality which among other things performed a survey on how institutional investor are working with targets in order to promote gender equality.

One example: Gender equality

As part of AstraZeneca’s commitment to diversity and inclusion they have implemented different initiatives across the globe, such as women’s networks, unconscious bias training and employee resource groups. AstraZeneca support mentoring relationships by introducing mentoring by senior females for emerging talent. In 2020, women comprise 50.5% of the global workforce, 46.9% in senior roles and 33% in the Executive Team.

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