Support equal opportunity
Our continuing objective is to be a truly open and inclusive employer. In this environment, with zero tolerance for discrimination, all employees have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential – resulting in a more diverse workplace.
At Swedish Match we put equal opportunities first and foremost in our work toward non-discrimination and diversity. We are dedicated to having an open and inclusive work environment where all our employees shall have equal opportunities to achieve their full potential, regardless of personal status. We work diligently to ensure there is zero tolerance for discrimination. As such, we take a proactive approach against structural discrimination and toward increased diversity at all levels within our Company.
Zero tolerance for discrimination
We are committed to non-discrimination in all employment practices, policies, benefits and procedures. Neither employees, nor potential employees, should feel that they are or could be the subject of discrimination at Swedish Match. All violations are taken seriously. Procedures are in place to ensure that swift action is taken to investigate and resolve employee concerns without fear of retaliation. There are several different ways in which an employee may raise a concern, including talking to the employee’s manager, or the manager’s immediate manager, or to the Company’s General Counsel. The employee may also file a complaint anonymously through the whistleblower function, subject to local laws and regulations, which is available on the Company’s intranet.
|Employees on discrimination1)||2018||2016||2014|
|Share of employees who agree that their working group is free from discrimination at work, %||92||94||92|
1) The Group employee survey is conducted every second year. In 2016 the question was if the employee was free from discrimination at work. In 2018 the question was broadened to refer to the employees working group.
Decentralized functions for Human Resources
At Swedish Match, our businesses are driven locally as is the Human Resources function (HR). We have a decentralized HR organization due to the fact that regulations and societal context vary between countries. Many initiatives are taken each year to ensure that we create and maintain an inclusive work environment. For example, we provide access to ongoing training, gender equality programs, equal pay analyses and equal employment opportunity efforts. Through the HR Council we are creating common ground within the Group. The primary focus is on exchanging ideas and knowledge. We have increased our focus on diversity with particular focus on both gender and cultural background during the past year. Employee well-being is tracked regularly through a global employee opinion survey, which includes parameters on discrimination.
Cooperating for equal opportunities in a performance based culture
We are convinced that a diverse workforce and diverse management groups are positive for our business. Diversity adds value in and of itself, and diversity improves our chances of recruiting the best talent. We believe that gender and cultural background are the areas where there may be a higher risk for potential discrimination and/or areas where the Company could benefit most from an increased focus.
In order to achieve diversity and a truly performance based culture where all employees feel that they have the same possibility to develop to their full potential we have to drive a performance culture where hiring and/or promotion is based on competence, performance and attitude.
We must consciously work with our Company culture to make sure that it is inclusive and promotes diversity. This includes tangible initiatives, that are recognized to address diversity relating to gender and cultural background. We will follow all applicable laws related to discrimination and the protection of minorities. We must look for and react forcefully to any indications of discrimination, including with regard to salary. We must also work to make sure we find the best candidates, and that also means that in external recruitments we shall always seek out diversity in the candidate pool.
|Senior management gender representation1)||2018||2017||2016|
|Total number of senior management||42||46||56|
|Share of female members in senior management, %||21||15||14|
|Share of male members in senior management, %||79||85||86|
1) Defined as participants in the Company’s Long Term Incentive (LTI) program.
|Group management and Board of Directors1)||2018||2017||2016|
|Total number of members in Group management||8||9||8|
|Share of female members in Group management, %||13||22||25|
|Total number of members in Board of Directors1)||10||10||11|
|Share of female members in Board of Directors1), %||30||40||45|
|Total number of members in Board of Directors appointed by the Annual General Meeting||7||7||7|
|Share of female members in Board of Directors appointed by the Annual General Meeting||43||43||43|
1) Swedish Match AB, including employee representatives.
|Total number of employees1) 2)||6 036||5 240||5 460|
|Share of female employees, %||41||39||35|
|Share of female managers3), %||27||22||22|
|Share of female white collar employees, %||34||32||31|
|Share of female blue collar employees, %||43||45||37|
1) The figure for total number of employees represents figures at December 31. Due to differences in methodologies, this figure does not correspond to the figure for average number of employees.
2) Including temporary employees.
3) Managers with direct reports.
Promoting opportunities and gender balance
We believe that gender diversity at all levels of the organization benefits the Company in many ways. Gender balance targets are set locally striving for greater balance over time, particularly with regard to more senior levels within the organization. As such, we have a Group goal of having at least 40 percent of each gender in senior management1).
From 2017, all divisions as well as corporate functions are required to present status and changes in gender balance within their organizations, on both a total unit level and with regard to management. These status updates are reviewed by the Group Management Team and provide greater awareness and involvement from both the divisions and from senior management.
1) Defined as participants in the Group Long Term Incentive Plan, composed of 42 individuals in 2018.
Promoting opportunities for those in protected groups and those from other cultural backgrounds/country of origin
To encourage greater diversity at the management level and for employees throughout the organization, KPIs have been established for the US and Sweden to track and report externally the number and percent of managers and other employees who fall under certain classifications. From 2017, our businesses in both the US and Sweden are required to present status within their organizations, on both a total unit level and with regard to management, pertaining to protected groups and those from other cultural backgrounds or country of origin.
In Sweden, information is being gathered to identify the number of employees who are either born in Sweden, in countries outside of Sweden, or who have two parents born in another country. In the US, ethnic or racial background is a factor which is reviewed.
|Employees cultural background 2017||Share of affected |
1) In Sweden the affected group is defined as employees born outside Sweden or born in Sweden with two parents born outside Sweden. In the US, the affected group is defined as non-caucasian.
|Managers cultural background 2017||Share of affected |
1) In Sweden the affected group is defined as managers born outside Sweden or born in Sweden with two parents born outside Sweden. In the US, the affected group is defined as non-caucasian.
2) In Sweden the managers are defined as managers and any other employees with one of the hundred highest salaries in the Swedish Match workforce.