We Are Committed to Diversity
The eighth OPEN TALK discussion meeting focused on diversity at ŠKODA AUTO
n Thursday, 13 May, another one of this year’s discussions took place in the form of an online broadcast from the ŠKODA Museum. More than 100 employees of ŠKODA AUTO and its subsidiaries watched and actively participated in the debate. The topic of diversity was jointly discussed by Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Maren Gräf, Board Member for HR Management; Jana Šrámová, Head of SB – Operative HR Care, Digitisation, HR 4.0 in charge of diversity projects at the carmaker; and Michal Kadera, Head of SR – External Affairs. The event was moderated by Sandra Kulková from SE – ŠKODA Academy.
At the beginning, the guests presented how the company’s management views diversity at the carmaker, how much it affects the company’s culture and strategy and what importance they see in including it by implementing the diversity principles in the individual teams. “Diversity is important and will play an important role in the entire ŠKODA AUTO transformation process”, said Maren Gräf. Then, Jana Šrámová presented diversity projects that ŠKODA AUTO supports or that work or are being developed by the carmaker (see Diversity Drives Innovation). In this context, she highlighted the diverse community of volunteers among employees who are involved in individual projects across all the departments.
During the transmission, employees could send questions to the discussion participants on the Slido platform. They mainly related to the position of women at ŠKODA AUTO, their career growth, the carmaker’s support of employees from minority communities, working with bias etc. Questions that were not addressed during the transmission will not go unanswered, however, as the ŠKODA Academy handed them over to the relevant departments to continue working on them. ED
A recording of the discussion can be found in the Media Library section of the ŠKODA Space.