Diversity report 2020 / Foreword
Dear diversity supporters,
2020 showed comprehensively that the development
your housekeeping, or you are the leader of a hybrid team
of diversity and the promotion of inclusion are funda-
who had one half of the team located across the Czech
mental prerequisites for the success of all companies.
Republic and the other half in the office, there were higher
Diversity and inclusion cannot be strategic topics only in
demands on communication, on the methods of working
times of economic growth. In times of crises, such as the
and on the need for trust, which impacted on our mental
COVID-19 pandemic, the development of diversity and
well-being. We care about our souls at ŠKODA AUTO -
promoting an inclusive working environment are essential
preventive health programs, and the educational opportu-
prerequisites for successful growth. In 2020, ŠKODA
nities offered by ŠKODA Academy reflect this demand.
AUTO showed that we live diversity.
The key topics for the development of diversity
and inclusion in 2020 were
I am very proud of my colleagues across the whole company. Together we have been creating a diverse community at ŠKODA AUTO. The goal of developing diversity is to
use the potential of each of us regardless of our differen-
ces. There can be millions of these differences - some can
be visible (such as the colour of our eyes), but most are
hidden (such as our values, family background, or sexual
Mental health of employees and changes
orientation). It is about each of us. In 2020, we started
in how we communicate
to work actively with unconscious bias in the company.
We all have biases; it is human, after all. However, it is
Under the hashtag #SKODAAUTOhelps, you will find
necessary for key moments (such as decisions on remune-
beautiful and often emotional stories of how we have
ration, recruitment, promotion, etc.) to take more time
been helping during the pandemic. In 2020, ŠKODA
and realize which automatisms affect us. The next step is
AUTO had to shift gear to reach an even higher degree of
to use the tools (e.g., impulses in the form of the nudge
digitalization in the company. The transition of thousands
management) to help us with this realization. Undoubted-
of employees to mobile work from home elicited a change
ly, our emotions - positive and negative – are related to
in team management methods, methods of communica-
unconscious biases. By caring for our souls, we are helping
tion, and the use of new digital tools. However, ŠKODA
to create a psychologically safe environment at ŠKODA
AUTO will always find simply clever solutions, and in the
AUTO for everyone to be themselves. It is a long journey,
same spirit, in the previous year, we have developed digital
we still have a lot to do at ŠKODA AUTO, but I strongly
and leadership innovations.
believe that we can do it together!
Dynamic changes also entail an increased psychological
Thank you all for your cooperation in 2020. I look forward
burden. Whether you are a parent who, in addition to
to new joint projects in 2021!
work, had to manage your child’s online education or