this annual diversity report is being published during the time, when the world economy,
including the automotive industry, is facing enormous challenges. On the one side, history
has proven that the economy runs in cycles of recession and economic growth, but on the
other side, nobody could have predicted the reason and extent of the current crisis. Our
company is being pushed to its limits, but the successful companies don't just accept the
situation, they find the opportunities that rise from the crisis. We are facing a significant
number of challenges we have to focus on, and that drives us to even further develop our
The same way we are trying to offer our customers a more comprehensive range of our
products, we are trying to have a greater variety in the field of human resources. Diversity
is about not only gender, skin color, or nationality. It is about developing our full potential
regardless of individual differences and overcoming obstacles.
Our ŠKODA family currently counts over 43 000 employees worldwide. That includes
over four thousand international employees working in our locations in the Czech
Republic and other thousands employed abroad in China, Russia or in India, where ŠKODA
took over the responsibility for the region.
Contemporary trends in the automotive industry change our view on mobility; they also
challenge us to keep our position as a most attractive employer in the Czech Republic.
A strong company culture that reacts to trends defined by current generations helps us
positively influence the lives not only of our employees but also our customers. That's
why it' s essential to open our minds to new ideas and create such an environment that
helps diverse innovation to rise. Diversity helps us to achieve better business results, to
make better decisions focused on our customers as their needs and appeals are diverse.
We need innovative colleagues with various backgrounds and origins to have deeper and
In the year 2019 we took many steps toward reaching our goals in the matter of
diversity and inclusion. This annual report will introduce the activities as well as the
discussions we held with the society, and how all the work of our employees engaging in
diversity projects has helped us grow into more inclusive employer.