Konecranes employees come from different continents. They represent a multiplicity of cultures, speak a large number of different languages and belong to various religions. We aim to draw the right mix of employees from across our global organization to match our markets’ and customers’ needs in terms of knowledge, skills, and cultural background. In our view, diversity and inclusivity result in better functioning teams and are a key driver of creativity and value creation. A diversity of minds creates value, and is fundamental for us to stay competitive in a fast changing world. We believe that this approach of fostering a diverse workforce helps generate greater innovation, exceptional organizational performance, and most importantly, outstanding customer service. We aim to support a more inclusive society by creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and fostering equality.
Konecranes sets diversity targets, not only for top management but on all levels of our organization to ensure that we recruit, develop, reward, compensate and promote employees equally. We respect and recognize diverse work styles, lifestyles and cultural differences. We implement our talent and diversity issues in our basic HR procedures. Our actions are guided by our new Diversity and Inclusion Policy, which will be rolled out in 2018. It will act as a basis for continued work on enriching diversity within our organization. We are also currently engaged in discussions on expanding the goal for gender balance in all Konecranes management teams, in addition to our Board of Directors and Group Executive Board (GXB).
We give special attention to equal opportunity and diversity in our recruitment process and strive to ensure that the decision-making process is transparent and that selections can be justified. Konecranes wants to be at the forefront of breaking down historical diversity barriers in heavy manufacturing industry, and we seek to develop a diverse company for all generations, current and future. Our ambition is to reach a balance between genders at all leadership levels, and in general, to build a much more diverse organization.