Diversity report 2020 / Foreword
What is the essential factor for an automotive company
These steps are motivating. They provide a good star-
to emerge stronger from the profound transformation
ting point for boldly pursuing the next steps and taking
process within our industry?
diversity to the next level at ŠKODA AUTO. This includes
sending out strong signals; Maren Gräf became the first
Two things that might come to mind first are elect-
woman to be appointed to the ŠKODA AUTO Board of
romobility and software expertise. These certainly are
Management in 2021. The levels below must become
important, but they are not the whole picture. Diversity
more mixed, too, if we are to fully reap the benefits of
has come to the fore in recent years, and its relevance
diversity. Our ambition is to have a 20 percent share of
continues to increase.
women leaders by 2025. We are striving for this together.
There is much more behind diversity than gender; ethnic
For this reason, I expect the whole leadership team to
and social origin, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or
set a shining example by proactively and unreservedly
worldview, and age are also key issues.
promoting diversity in their areas. It must be made clear
that diversity plays as important a role as achieving financi-
Countless studies have proven that diverse teams achieve
al or sales targets. My clear expectation is that ŠKODA
better results: They operate more sustainably, achie-
AUTO will lead the way in this field. I am convinced we
ve above-average profitability, and hit the right tone in
communication. Diversity is not a buzzword, but rather a
fundamental principle with tangible effects on a company’s performance and culture.
At ŠKODA AUTO, we made specific progress in 2020:
Among other things, we became a Golden signatory to
the European Diversity Charta in the Czech Republic and
we organised specialised diversity training for Škodians in
leadership positions as well as all our Board Members.
CEO ŠKODA AUTO a.s.