Sika’s global presence and associated proximity to customers make it extremely important to integrate different cultures and share experience and know-how across national boundaries. The company firmly believes that the diversity experienced by employees on a daily basis is one of the factors in its success, and it supports an open and integrative culture. At courses and seminars, Sika managers are encouraged to give high priority to diversity in team and project planning. 49 nationalities are represented among Sika’s Senior Managers.
Women account for 23% of the Group’s total headcount (previous year: 22.3%). Sika is constantly working to increase this percentage at all hierarchical levels and conducted initiatives during the period under review to improve the quota of female employees in the company. The declared goal is to recruit and promote more women, particularly in sales. Recruitment campaigns in various channels are increasingly targeting women. To find out what female employees think about Sika, the first global “Women of Sika” forum was organized in May 2019. Female participants from various departments, cultures, and age groups were invited to spend two days attending workshops and discussions on how programs for women can contribute to Sika’s success.
Sika is a global employer and in this highly competitive environment we depend on broad minded and experienced employees as a key success factor. In fact, international work experience becomes more and more a requirement to reach management positions. Sika will foster its most qualified talents by offering such experiences as well as use skilled people to bring their knowledge to other parts of the world in order to improve our business and to achieve our objectives.
Working Conditions for Handicapped People
Any discrimination based on race, religion, sex, nationality, disability, age or any other discriminatory characteristic is strictly forbidden. Sika supports non-discriminatory practices in terms of employment, and practices equal opportunities in the recruitment process and in the professional development of its employees. In a specific workshop area of the Gournay plant at Sika France for example, up to 20 disabled people from sheltered areas produce customized products for different markets, which generate annual turnover of 12 mio. Euro. With initiatives like this, Sika provides integration of people in usual professional activities and social life.