People – Diversity
Diversity high on the agenda
In a modern society, it is important to give equal chances to a broad population whatever their gender, age, disability or their cultural background. Actively promoting diversity and equality at work, also gives organisations access to a larger and more diverse set of potential workers. Diversity in the labour market is therefore a relevant indicator for the social dimensions of sustainability.
In the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry, women make up 28% of total workforce (nearly 25,000 women in 2015). This percentage is consistently higher than in general manufacturing (23%). The percentage share of women employed in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry rose steadily on the medium term from 23% in 2000 up to 28% in 2015
59% of women working in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector had a higher degree compared with 43% for general manufacturing. Increasingly, women are occupying leadership roles and management positions in a range of functions including human resources, finance, plant management and research.
Nearly two third (64% in 2015) of the female researchers employed in manufacturing work in the field of chemicals, plastics and life sciences. In 2015, women accounted for 51% of researchers working in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry.
Through Co-Valent the sector is taking various initiatives to stimulate a diverse workforce, not only with respect to gender but also people with disabilities or migration backgrounds.