Men and equality

Male executives in Switzerland are committed to promoting equality!

This is the key finding of our study of male executives' commitment to gender equality in Switzerland involving nearly 1,200 executives.

Since then, we have extended our survey to include other companies and administrations in Switzerland and also Germany. Using a questionnaire specially adapted for the specific situation at universities, we investigated the gender equality commitment of male professors and lecturers at Swiss universities.

If you wish to know more about the gender equality initiatives taken by male executives in your organization, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to assist you. 


The proportion of women in the management of Swiss companies is still extremely low. As a result, company management is leaving significant economic potential untapped. At the same time, equal opportunities are not guaranteed across the board, and corporate cultures and structures are still geared toward male employment biographies. This is already known and must be implemented more strongly in equal opportunity activities. Although measures for the qualification and empowerment of women are sensible and necessary - the proportion of women in management positions has nevertheless increased too little to date. The assumption that focusing on women alone will change the situation falls short. That is why individual measures for women to better reconcile career and family, to increase competencies such as mentoring and seminar offerings, to implement women's networks, etc. are not enough. This is because these activities are usually geared toward women changing and adapting to the circumstances of the companies, which is often also referred to as "fixing the women." However, this largely ignores the necessary changes in corporate structure and culture.

The focus of gender equality work as a "women's issue" all too often leaves the role of male colleagues, supervisors and employees unaddressed. In order to initiate the necessary organizational change, however, it is essential to get not only all employees in the company on board, but especially the - still predominantly male - managers.

Long before our project started, we realized in our day-to-day research and consulting work that gender equality cannot really progress without men. However, until now there were no concepts and approaches for systematically involving male executives, or none that were suitable for us. That's why we initiated this project.

The project "Leaders taking opportunities" was supported by grants under the Gender Equality Act from the Federal Office for Gender Equality from May 2019 to August 2021.

The project companies were: Feller by Schneider Electrik, Helvetia Versicherungen, Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB and Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz were involved as pilot companies.

During this time, the project was accompanied by a practical advisory board with experts Betina Balitzki, Jürg Eggenberger, Andy Keel, Diana Kugelmann and Yvonne Seitz-Strittmatter.

There was also a practical partnership with Swiss Leaders and the Handelszeitung.

In our Blog you will find in-depth information and articles from the project period as well as more recent contributions.

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