Leaders for Equality

Leaders for Equality: Leaders seize opportunities

Achieving equality is an organizational development process. And gender equality needs men - more precisely: male leaders. We explore how male leaders can be involved in gender equality issues and how they can actively shape gender equality. We support companies in ensuring that their leaders seize the opportunities - through our toolbox and through our consulting services. Tap the potential of male leaders for your gender equality work and thereby increase the share of women in leadership positions!

"We are Leaders for Equality" - for companies

The following companies are already actively working with us to involve male managers in gender equality issues.

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Feller AG is the leading Swiss technology partner for the electrical installation industry. Anyone living in Switzerland knows our switches and sockets. Timeless in design and of the highest quality, they accompany people throughout their lives. We have been developing and producing top-quality products in Horgen for over 100 years and are a renowned employer in the Lake Zurich region. Our core business is complemented by innovative electronic products and system solutions in building automation, home networks and electrical distribution. Around 420 employees are committed to this every day.

Feller is part of Schneider Electric, one of the world's leading specialists for digital transformation in the fields of energy management and automation. Schneider Electric offers intelligent solutions for the residential, building technology, and data center segments, as well as for infrastructure providers and industry. With more than 140,000 employees and operations in over 100 countries, Schneider Electric is a global leader in energy management, medium and low voltage, secure power and automation. We offer integrated efficiency solutions that seamlessly combine energy, automation and software.

In Switzerland, the Schneider Electric Group owns Schneider Electric (Schweiz) AG and Feller AG, as well as the technology brands APC and Gutor Electronic, and employs more than 1,000 people.

"One of our values at Schneider Electric is "Embrace different - diversity makes us". We stand 100% for inclusion. Discrimination is not tolerated at our company. We believe in equal opportunities for everyone, everywhere. We see gender- and age-mixed teams as an important success factor for our company. That's why we also actively promote the further development of women and offer very good conditions for balancing work and private life with our global Flex@Work Policy. We are on board with the study because increasing the proportion of women is an ongoing challenge for us as a technology company, and we want to exploit all reasonable opportunities in this regard. We expect the study, including the involvement of our executives, to provide us with new starting points and ideas on how we can move forward together there."

Dr. Rasmus Oertel, HR Director, Schneider Electric Switzerland

Helvetia Versicherungen, headquartered in St.Gallen, has grown over the past 160 years into a successful, internationally active insurance group. Today, Helvetia is the leading Swiss all-line insurer in Switzerland. Over 6500 employees provide services to more than 5 million customers every day. 

"Helvetia respects and promotes the diversity and uniqueness of its employees. The different views lead to positive friction and innovative ideas. We are convinced that with a gender-diverse management, we can strengthen Helvetia as an agile, customer-centric and innovative company and achieve the set goals as a result. That is why we want to increase the number of women in management positions. We hope the study will provide us with concrete starting points on how to mobilize managers and thus jointly advance the issue of diversity." 

Hans-Caspar Schegg, Head HR Business Partner International & 
Manuela Bärtsch Forster, Diversity Officer

The Migros Ostschweiz cooperative is one of the largest of a total of ten regional cooperatives in the Migros Group. It has its headquarters in Gossau SG. Its economic area covers the cantons of SG, AI, AR, TG, GR, SH and ZH as well as the Principality of Liechtenstein. The company operates very successfully in the supermarket, specialist store and food service sectors, as well as in the education and leisure sectors, and employs around 10,000 people of over 90 nationalities.

"With women making up around 63% of the total workforce, Migros is "feminine". At the same time, the proportion of women in management positions is significantly lower and even decreases as the hierarchy level rises. And this is despite the equal opportunities stipulated in the Migros Group's national collective labor agreement and despite measures to improve the compatibility of career and family. 

Migros Ostschweiz aims to significantly increase the proportion of women in management positions at all management levels. That is why the "Leaders for Equality" project of the University of St.Gallen comes in very handy for us. We hope to see concrete measures to achieve this objective. The project's underlying approach of consciously and specifically using male managers as supporters looks promising in this regard."

René Frei, Head of the Human Resources Directorate
Fabienne Wullschleger, Head of Corporate Health Management / Employee Counseling

SBB is the backbone of the Swiss public transport system, and our daily rail operations are our foundation. SBB has been transporting people and goods for over 100 years. In doing so, we make an important contribution to Switzerland's quality of life and competitiveness. We want to continue this success story in times when the entire economy and society, as well as the mobility industry, are undergoing profound changes. In this way, we will continue to assume our responsibility for public transport and Switzerland in the future. Every day, we transport more than 1.25 million passengers and 205,000 tons of goods to their destinations. But we are more than just the railroad: 32,300 passionate employees make us the backbone of public transport and work with us on our vision for the mobility of the future. Welcome to SBB.

"Real and lived equal opportunities require the inclusion of all genders. In a joint discourse, all genders are called upon to seek solutions. At SBB, too, the focus in recent years has been on promoting women in order to increase the consistently low proportion of women. The change remained modest. The project is successful for us if it can show what the levers, chance, opportunities can be that can contribute equal opportunities for all genders to the company's success."