Accelerating gender diversity at Volvo Group 

We recognize that the transport and infrastructure industry and our business has traditionally had a gender imbalance – and still does. For over a decade, Volvo Group has worked systematically to increase inclusion and improve the gender balance of the organization. We have set ourselves a target of 35 % women amongst all employees and leaders by 2030, and a broad variety of initiatives are being designed to work towards that target. On a daily basis the Group is striving to move the needle towards increased gender equality not only because it is ‘fair’ and ‘the right thing to do’, but because it is essential for our business performance. Equality is not a women's concern, it's a business concern. 

We #ChooseToChallenge to boost gender diversity 

“Ensuring an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce has a positive impact on our productivity, our efficiency and our ability to innovate. Increased gender equality also strengthens employee engagement, enhances our ability to attract talents, and boosts our reputation as a company. To reach our commitment of 35% female employees by 2030, we need to consistently challenge inequality and address gender bias and stereotypes. We need to create an inclusive culture, where everyone can contribute with their whole self. It is only when we #ChooseToChallenge the status quo and challenge with the right purpose and constructive attitude that we can create true change.,” says Diana Niu, Executive Vice President HR, Volvo Group on 2021 International Women Day.

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Committed for more women in leadership roles 

In 2021 the Volvo Group signed up for being a part of “Women in Leadership Positions” report published by the European Round Table for Industry (ERT). The aim of this document is to demonstrate a growing corporate culture at a wide range of European multinationals which leads to promote inclusion and gender equality, by enhancing the career advancement of women to leadership positions. “Signing up to this report means choosing to make our targets public and to report on our progress year-by-year. Measuring and following up on progress drives actionability and stimulates us to drive change in order to come to the next level. It helps us get from vision to action. We are committed to embracing differences and we want to play our role in society ", says Diana Niu, Executive Vice President HR, Volvo Group.

Iron Women - impacting an industry and a country 

Women belong in every space; in the courtroom, above the microscope, behind the wheel of heavy-duty trucks. Iron Women is a heavy-duty truck driving school for women, sponsored by Volvo Group South Africa. The program aims to enhance the capacity of professional drivers and to improve road safety in a country where around 14 000 people die in road collisions every year. A critical shortage of skilled commercial vehicle drivers is one of the contributing factors to the country’s high accident rate; training therefore remains instrumental in efforts to improve road safety. Read the full story > 

Inspiring tomorrow’s female engineers 

Did you know that it is that it is around the age of 10 that girls stop considering engineering as a potential career path? Through a series of innovation workshops called Vera – in honor of Sweden’s first female engineer Vera Sandberg – Volvo Construction Equipment together with strategic partner Mälardalen University set about reversing this trend by inspiring young girls to recognize their abilities in science and technology. In these workshops, girls aged 10 and over are given a series of challenges, all of which are set against real-life scenarios, and provided with a number of tools and materials to work together to find technological solutions. Read the full story > 

ExcelHER - A career returnship program for women in India 

ExcelHER is a unique program designed by Volvo Group India for women who have been on a career break for a year and more. A first step in re-launching their professional journey, the program offers work assignments of 9 months [fulltime / part-time] and provides access to personal development, intensive learning, working on live projects, and mentorship from business leaders. At the end of the internship, the returnees have the opportunity to explore full-time roles with Volvo Group in India on the individual’s performance and based on the business requirements.

The power to influence my work 

Growing up, Elinore Axelsson was one of those kids who loved everything science related: physics, math, mechanics – she found it all fascinating. “When I was 15 and about to apply for the natural science program at high school, I went to see the guidance counselor and she said, ‘don’t do it, it’s probably going to be too hard for you’. She knew nothing about my grades or me – her assumptions were based on the little blonde girl sitting in front of her. But her words didn’t knock my confidence; in fact, they made me even more determined! I went on to study civil engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and joined Volvo Group in 1995. What continues to motivate me to this day is my ability to influence the place where I work, to continuously learn new things, and work with people… If I could speak to my 15-year-old self, I’d reassure her that she was on the right path, tell her to believe in herself, and never be afraid to work hard to achieve her goals.” 

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