Head count statistics and employee survey results show a clear positive trend indicating we are progressing both in terms of diversity as well as inclusion.

Outperforming industry benchmarks

With the 2018 Group-wide employee survey, responses to diversity and inclusion questions were 3 to 6 percentage points higher than the external benchmarks.

Surpassing benchmarks

Skanska is making continued progress with diversity and inclusion. Regarding 2018 results from the Group’s annual employee survey, positive responses to diversity and inclusion questions exceeded external bench­marks, and the gap between Skanska and the benchmark results continued to increase.

The survey also established a strong internal correlation between inclusive leadership, intention to stay and effectiveness: managers who lead inclusively are also more likely to have key people stay and run effective teams. It also revealed a link between inclusive leader­ship and a culture of care, a key aspect in Skanska’s safety work.

Diversity progress

At the Group level, headcount statistics show continued positive progress with diversity. Since 2014, the proportion of female employees in Skanska's 38,000-strong global workforce has grown from 13 to 17 percent, while the number of women at senior management levels (level 3 to 6) has grown from 17 to 22 percent.

As of Skanska's Annual General Meeting held in 2019, Three out of seven board members elected by the shareholders (excluding Employee representatives) are women.

Employees by gender

  2018, % 2017, % 2016, %
Category Men Women Men Women Men Women
All employees 83 17 83 17 83 17
Senior executives 67 33 67 33 78 22
Senior positions (level 3-6) 78 22 78 22 80 20
Skanska AB Board of Directors1 43 57 50 50 63 37

1 Elected at Annual General Meeting

Local performance

The degree of advancement in Diversity and Inclusion varies between business units. One of the more successful units is Skanska Sweden, which increased the share of women in senior line positions from 10.3 percent in 2015 to 18.1 percent in 2017.

Also in terms of ethnic diversity, Skanska Sweden is continuously becoming better at mirroring the diversity in society. One of the activities to support this is International Leadership Program. We are happy about the progress in diversity and inclusion – however we are still far from where we need and want to me. We need to become even better in this area.

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