Information on gender quota
A focus of our human resources strategy is to recruit and promote well-qualified women. AUDI AG has set itself specific goals in connection with this. The proportion of women on the Board of Management of AUDI AG will be increased in the long term. At the time it was legally required to define a target, the Supervisory Board had seen no option to increase the proportion of women on the Board of Management in the short term – meaning by December 31, 2016 – among other things because of ongoing employment contracts. It therefore formally resolved to set a target of zero. There were no women on the Board of Management at the end of the reporting year.
Pursuant to legal requirements, the Board of Management of AUDI AG had set the goal of 5.6 percent women in the first management tier below the Board of Management by December 31, 2016. We exceeded the target in this management tier with a year-end level of 6.0 percent. For the second management tier, our target was 13.3 percent women. That target had not quite been reached by the end of the year, with the figure at 12.4 percent. This is due to the high number of external appointments to positions of leadership that are of a mainly technical nature. There is only a limited pool of female applicants for these functions, and this correspondingly affected target attainment in the second management tier. Nevertheless, the number of women in this tier has been increased significantly in the past two years, by almost 25 percent.
In the year under review, the Company set itself new targets for the proportion of women holding leadership positions for the time horizon up until 2021. By the end of 2021, there are to be 8 percent women in the first management tier below the Board of Management, and 16 percent in the second management tier. Furthermore, for the sake of formality, the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG has also resolved a target level of zero percent women on the Board of Management until December 31, 2017. The Supervisory Board also determined that the target would be redefined every year. The legally prescribed 30 percent quota also applies to the Supervisory Board. As of December 31, 2016, there were 20 percent women on the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG. It should be noted that existing mandates in the reporting year prevented the full implementation of the legally required quota.
Audi is generally dependent on specific framework conditions. For example, many areas of the Company require graduates from technical study courses. We use the proportion of female graduates from each course as a guideline. Averaged across all courses of study that are relevant for the Company, the target proportion of women among new recruits has been identified as around 30 percent. At the management level, too, our long-term target is a proportion of around 30 percent women.