Renault and Nissan set gender-diversity goals

Number of women in top roles is rising at Renault-Nissan Alliance

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Renault-Nissan Alliance has reaffirmed its commitment to gender diversity as the number of women in management-level roles continues to rise at the auto manufacturers.

Both Renault and Nissan reported increases in the percentage of women filling top positions in 2013, compared to the previous year.

Renault remains the leader in the auto industry in terms of women at the senior executive level, whilst Nissan was recognised as the ‘Nadeshiko Brand’ for the second year in a row for its support and promotion of women in the workplace.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains committed to fully leveraging our global talent pool and closing the gender gap, and we are seeing incremental progress toward that goal every year,” said Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn.

“Hiring and promoting women is the right thing to do for society – and for our business, because women decide or influence the overwhelming majority of car purchases globally,” he added.

Women accounted for 18.4% of Renault’s manager-level positions globally in 2013, up from 17% in 2012. Women also accounted for 19.3% of the company’s 2,000 global key positions, also up from 17% in the previous year.

At Nissan, meanwhile, women accounted for 10.6% of manager-level positions globally in fiscal year 2013, up from 10.3% in fiscal year 2012.

In Japan, women at Nissan accounted for 7.1% of such positions, up from 6.8% in the previous year – more than quadruple the 1.6% percentage of fiscal year 2014. By 2017, Nissan aims to raise this figure to 10% in Japan, and to 14% globally.

Renault and Nissan have also emphasised their commitment to becoming more gender diverse – particularly at the executive level – to reflect the companies’ geographic reach. Renault-Nissan Alliance is the fourth-largest automotive group in the world, with sales of 8.3mn vehicles in 2013 across almost 200 markets.

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