There is only partial promotion of diversity in management among executives of Austrian companies. Only in 50 percent of domestic companies does the management locate economic advantages due to a diversity of executives, according to a survey by Karmasin, which was commissioned by the consulting firm Ward Howell.
But only 22 percent of the companies surveyed have taken specific measures for more diversity. It is fitting that two out of three executives are men.
Study on diversity
However, diversity should not only include gender, but also factors such as sexual orientation, belief / religion, disability, age, ethnicity and skin color, the study says. In Austria, however, only a balanced ratio of men and women and accessibility are often thought of in this context. As part of a sustainability strategy (ESG strategy), Austrian companies pursue ecological issues such as energy saving, reducing CO2 emissions or waste management more actively and consciously than issues of diversity, the survey shows.
From May to July, owners, managing directors, executives or HR officers of 300 companies were interviewed for the survey, half with 50 to 200 employees and half with more than 200 employees.