Women are TOP! To the top by innovative corporate cultures

Women are better educated than ever before, however they are still underrepresented in decision making and senior management positions. According to the “Frauen.Management.Report” (women management report, in German only) conducted annually by the Austrian Chamber of Labour since 2005, the share of women in management of the top 200 companies in Austria was 5.6% in February 2014. Of the board members of the top 200 companies, 13.9% were female. Among stock-exchange listed companies, figures are even more significant: only 3.1% of executive management and 12% of board members are women.

The project “Women are TOP! To the top by innovative corporate cultures”, that is co-financed by the European Commission, will develop measures relating to boards of directors and executive leading and management positions, that will promote gender equality in organisational cultures.
Appropriate political general conditions for supporting women in leading positions are an important step that has to be implemented mainly on company level. Companies are strongly involved in this project to facilitate adequate corporate cultures promoting gender equality. Via the close co-operation with small, medium-sized and larger companies in Austria, models will be tested, experiences will be collected, and ways to find the right heads and the right women for leading positions will be detected.

By the inclusion of social partners, relevant decision makers in equal treatment policy, and national and international experts, the project results specify support programmes for women in leading positions and create innovative methods of critical reflection of everyday company practices.

The project is coordinated by the Department of the Directorate-General of Women’s Affairs and Equality. The project’s co-operation partners are the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organisations at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and the working life research centre FORBA.

September 2013 – April 2015


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Events and summaries

The event series organised by FORBA presented research results and good practice examples for increasing women’s share in management positions in Vienna, Salzburg and Graz.

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The conference "Promoting gender balance in decision making" was organised in the framework of the Italian PROGRESS project.

This project is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

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Co-funded by the PROGRESS programme of the European Union.

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