Measures to promote women on the Management Board, the Supervisory Board and in executive positions
Our employees are just as diverse as our customers. Together, we form a community in which we value and respect each other, regardless of gender, age, origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, world view or other characteristics. The decision to promote diversity and inclusion at UNIQA is the decision to live “customer first”.
UNIQA is convinced that a high degree of diversity and successful inclusion can enhance its success on a sustainable basis. In addition to better financial results, greater satisfaction among customers and employees and higher innovation potential, diversity has a particular effect on increased resilience, risk awareness and flexibility and is thus a decisive success factor in times of crisis.
With Marie-Valerie Brunner, Anna Maria D’Hulster and Jutta Kath, three women have been elected to the Supervisory Board of UNIQA Insurance Group AG. The proportion of female Supervisory Board members among the elected members (shareholder representatives) therefore amounts to the legally required 30 per cent. With Sabine Andre and Irene Scheiber, two women have been delegated to the group of employee representatives on the Supervisory Board, which means that there is a ratio of 40 per cent female members in the group of employee representatives. In relation to the full Supervisory Board, the legal quota of women is also exceeded with a share of 33 per cent.
In 2022, there were still no women included among the nine members of the Management Boards of UNIQA Insurance Group AG and UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG, which are composed of the same individuals. However, the first woman will be represented as of 1 April 2023 with Sabine Pfeffer. She will be succeeding Klaus Pekarek who retired on 31 December 2022. This is an important step on the way towards “more women in management positions”. The UNIQA Group does of course also continue to implement various accompanying measures in addition to its clear commitment to this goal. The objective is to change the framework conditions and prerequisites in such a way that the organisation becomes more permeable overall for women’s careers. At 57.8 per cent (2021: 57.3 per cent), the share of women in the total workforce in the UNIQA Group was again slightly increased at the end of 2022. This high proportion is driven primarily by the international insurance companies (62.7 per cent).
The proportion of women on the Management Boards in the Group is 27.1 per cent and therefore slightly decreased compared to 2021 (28.1 per cent). Of a total of 507 managers in Austria, 167 are women, which corresponds to a share of nearly 33 per cent and is thus similar to the level of the previous year. In the UNIQA Group’s international companies, 47.4 per cent of the managers are currently women. The share of women has thus fallen by 1.4 percentage points compared to 2021. As a result, the average number of female managers in the entire UNIQA Group (707 of a total of 1,646 persons) has also decreased and now amounts to 43.0 per cent (2021: 43.7 per cent).