Symrise AG has been recognized for its efforts in promoting women in the workplace by the Women's Career Index, an initiative that was launched under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister Kristina Schröder.
The initiative's goal is to promote transparency regarding women's prospects for career advancement at companies. The promotion of women is an important issue in society and companies have an especially important role to play in the matter. They establish the working conditions for women, which include aspects such as flexible working hours and childcare. The goal of the Women's Career Index is to bring greater transparency to the discussion on promoting women with a standardized, objective assessment benchmark.
The Holzminden-based company was assessed on its performance in areas such as women in management positions, internal commitments on promoting women and overall conditions for the advancement of women. The results were announced at a ceremony at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, where outstanding companies were recognized.
Schröder honored Symrise AG twice at the ceremony: First, Symrise was recognized as one of the 10 best companies in terms of corporate structure, employee motivation and overall work conditions. The second honor highlighted the Holzminden-based company's internal communications.
"We are very pleased with the two awards from the Federal Minister for Family Affairs," said the Symrise delegation at the event. "They show that we are on the right path with our strategy of integrating the diversity of society into our company."
Germany's major companies were invited to participate in an initial survey on the subject in 2013. The survey focused on real facts and avoided subjective opinions. The initiative is interested in establishing an objective way of assessing and comparing progress at companies regarding this issue.