ArcelorMittal to Increase Proportion of Women in Management Positions
Almost a hundred women-employees of ArcelorMittal from Germany, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Belgium and other European countries accepted an invitation to Ostrava in October. The Ostrava branch of the ArcelorMittal University prepared for them an education program aimed at developing their competences and increasing their chances of finding a position in the company’s management. The schooling was provided by the international education company Kenexa which has its seat in London. Women who hold important positions were among the guests, such as the Czech politician Miroslava Němcová.
“The presence of women in ArcelorMittal’s top management accounts for 5%. Although metallurgy has been considered a traditionally men-dominated industrial branch, the Group realizes that it is necessary to create a healthy balance between the female and the male element in order to achieve better results. Gender issues and equal opportunities are, therefore, particularly stressed within our career scheme,” explained Veronika Muroňová, head of training and HR department of ArcelorMittal Ostrava.
Specialized lectures and workshops addressed the topic of women making their mark in a men’s world. Practical examples of differing management approaches adopted by men as opposed to women were combined with individual counseling on personal development. In the discussion attention was paid to questions of balancing one’s family and professional life, which is a problem more often faced by women rather than men in top management positions. Chief coordinator of the program was Sanjay Samaddar, CEO of Flat Carbon Europe Business Division East which employs 35,000 people. Contributions to the program were made by a number of guests among whom were women holding important positions not only in the ArcelorMittal Group.
ArcelorMittal Ostrava has 15% of women in management positions. “We are fully aware that it is not easy to combine one’s professional development with household and family care. Our concern is to provide help to women by making it is easier for them to return from maternity leave. For example, we offer them short-time and work from home. We are also considering other forms of assistance such as starting nursery schools, providing contributions on household service or stay-in-touch programs for women on maternity leave,” added Muroňová.
ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s. is the largest steelmaker in the Czech Republic and part of the world’s largest steel and mining group ArcelorMittal. It has production capacity of 3 million tonnes of steel annually; about 50% of the output is exported to more than 60 countries worldwide. ArcelorMittal Ostrava and its subsidiaries employ more than 7,500 people. Average income of its employees amounted to 34,213 CZK in 2012. ArcelorMittal Ostrava produces iron and steel in compliance with all environmental legislation. It already conforms to the EU best available techniques (BAT) emission limits that are only to be binding from 2016 onwards. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal Holdings A.G.