Diversity is crucial for creating an inclusive and innovative company. Accordingly, we have set clear targets for increased diversity by 2020.
Diversity and integration are two of the most important social and sustainability issues of our time. In recent years, we have gained somewhere in the range of 100,000 new Swedes. Society is changing.
“Axel Johnson is to be a positive force for change in society. Diversity makes our operations better.” Caroline Berg, Chairman, Axel Johnson
Diversity helps us to make smarter choices when it comes to innovation and to better understand our customers. We can attract the best expertise and recruit from the full spectrum of the talent pool. At the same time, this contributes to reducing alienation in society. We have diversity targets to this end. By 2020, our companies are to have an equal gender spread among managers, and at least 20 percent of our managers are to have international backgrounds. We track this trend annually and our companies undertake several activities to increase diversity.
In 2017, Axel Johnson launched Axelerate Leadership Program, a customized leadership development program to identify and develop talents with an international background. Read more about the program here.
Furthermore, we are a joint owner of Mitt Liv, a non-profit company that promotes a community in which everyone has equal opportunities. More than 150 of Axel Johnson’s managers have participated in ÖppnaDörren, an initiative launched by Axfoundation in 2015 to help new and established Swedes to meet.