Women’s Advancement and Diversity Concept
Diversity is an enormous strength that OMV actively builds on now, and in the future. Consequently OMV strives to continuously develop new initiatives and measures that promote diversity and equal opportunities. OMV is committed to its Group diversity strategy focusing on gender and internationality. As a company active in an industry with a strong technical focus, it is particularly challenging for OMV to achieve a satisfactory gender balance in all fields of business activity. OMV is committed to supporting women’s advancement to managerial positions. The strategic objective is to achieve the best diversity mix at the senior management level. The aim is to increase the proportion of women in Senior Leadership roles, from 19.6% currently to 25% by 2025 through a number of initiatives such as mentoring, succession planning, specific trainings as well as initiatives to promote a healthy work/life balance.
The proportion of women in the Group as a whole has risen to 26% (2018: 25%), 19.6% of whom are in management and executive positions. OMV reached a notable share of 47% of female participants in our new Leadership Refresher program for managers who have been with the Group for several years. In OMV’s Upstream integrated graduate development program for technical skill pools, the proportion of women was 27% in 2019 (2018: 25%). The topic of diversity has been incorporated into all Leadership Development programs and embedded into the OMV People Strategy.
OMV promotes talents from different backgrounds, thus ensuring the best mix in diverse teams. OMV especially supports the recruitment and development of women in technical positions.
By using gender-neutral language in OMV’s job advertisements and publishing all job advertisements internally, together with the constant monitoring of equality with regard to gender, age, employee background, seniority as well as salaries, OMV is ensuring fair treatment and contributing to equal opportunities among men and women at all career stages.
Female employees initiated a Diversity Network to raise awareness of diversity topics and to boost the careers of women in technical fields through a collaboration site and joint activities.
OMV’s Head Office in Vienna has two company kindergartens attended by children of OMV employees. In order to spark girls’ interest in technical careers early on, OMV again participated in Vienna’s Girls’ Day.
The Executive Board and Supervisory Board consider the described measures and programs to foster the diversity of the workforce as a key factor in strengthening the diversity of the internal pool of Executive Board succession candidates. The Presidential and Nomination Committee concerns itself at least once a year with the identification and development of high-potential employees. In addition to internal succession planning, the Supervisory Board also makes use of external recruitments in order to best fill open Executive Board positions. When selecting Executive Board members – be it internally or externally – special attention is given to balance gender, age, and international experience in addition to professional skills.
Currently, there is no women on the Executive Board of OMV. The Executive Board members of OMV Aktiengesellschaft are between 48 and 59 years old, are from two different nationalities, and have acquired extensive international management experience.
Since 2019, ÖBAG has had a legal mandate to propose candidates for the Supervisory Boards of its shareholdings. The ÖBAG management proposal is subject to approval by the ÖBAG presidium, before – after submission of the proposal by the supervisory board of OMV Aktiengesellschaft - the election by the Annual General Meeting of OMV AG takes place. The selection of candidates is based on various criteria, particularly the candidates’ professional skills, personal integrity, independence, and impartiality. In addition, diversity aspects such as the representation of both genders, a balanced age distribution, and internationality of members is taken into consideration.
At present, the Supervisory Board of OMV includes six women, corresponding to a share of 40%. Particular focus will be given to a further strengthening of industry-specific expertise and the internationality of Supervisory Board members in line with the company’s strategic orientation. With members aged between 39 and 77 years, the Supervisory Board’s age structure is balanceded.