Top companies struggle with gender diversity

by 08 Jul 2009

Gender diversity at senior levels will contin ue to be a significant challenge for most leading companies, according to a recent study by Deloitte.

The study, Threading the Talent Needle; What Global Executives are Saying About People and Work, found that although most in dustries have attempted to make steps to achieve a more diverse executive team, its re alisation still remained a problem.

The automotive sector is one such exam ple where diversity at senior level is lower than average.

“Although the automotive sector is be hind other sectors, in three years the num bers of female managers at Nissan has tripled,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, senior vice president of Human Resources at Nissan. “Our DDO (Diversity Development Office) trains and encourages female employees to explore their careers in the company, and our future goal for the DDO is to go higher and wider.”

The study – which was based on inter views with 28 senior global executives includ ing CEOs, chairmen, CHROs, and other lead ers with responsibility for human resources and talent – highlighted other challenges for the future such as managing a multi-genera tional workforce, designing flexible work pro grams, identifying critical work segments and talent management.

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