Two members of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG's six-strong Supervisory Board are currently female, one on the employee representative side and one on the shareholder representative side. The proportion of women on the Supervisory Board is therefore 33%, thus fulfilling legal requirements.
The Supervisory Board has also stipulated specific target quotas for women on the Management Board.
The Supervisory Board has set itself the objective to also increase the participation of women in the Management Board in the medium term; however, it does see any possibility to implement this change in the short term - also due to the downsizing of the Management Board from three to two members, as resolved on 1 August 2016. At its meeting on 17 September 2015, the Supervisory Board therefore resolved, with regard to achieving the target quota of women on the Management Board by 30 June 2017, to formally adhere to the existing quota of zero percent.
To achieve equal participation of women and men in leadership positions, the Management Board considers it essential, in addition to stipulating target quotas for upper-level and top-level management, to increase the proportion of women in upstream management levels, and is accordingly focusing recruitment efforts and internal support measures on this.
The Management Board firmly believes that being able to find a better balance between work and family life is one of the key factors for a more appropriate participation of women in leadership positions. The management is therefore supporting a large number of measures to achieve this objective.
The Management Board believes that the stipulation of target quotas can be reconciled with the primacy of quality in filling specific leadership positions, if the target quota is seen to be a business requirement and an expression of purposeful human resources policy, rather than detailed planning for specific leadership positions.
As of the date of the resolution (22 September 2015) to stipulate the proportion of women at the first management level and second management level below the Management Board, the proportion of women at the first management level was 7.7%, and 21.3% at the second management level. In light of these statistics, on 22 September 2015 the Management Board resolved a target quota of at least 7.7% for the first management level below the Management Board and a target quota of at least 21% for the second management level, to be achieved by 30 June 2017. These quotas had already been met by the end of fiscal year 2015/16.