A key to making our vision of a smoke-free future a reality is Inclusion and Diversity. As we transform our company, an inclusive workplace allows us to attract and retain a diverse community of employees, who are at the heart of our growth and innovation.
At PMI, that means a work environment where personal situations are understood, differences are valued, and everyone is treated with fairness and respect. We want all of our 77,000 employees worldwide to feel supported, respected, and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of their age, nationality, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or any other diverse characteristic that makes them themselves, visible or invisible.
Achieving gender balance is an essential element of our inclusion and diversity agenda and one of our top priorities. Our focus is firmly on leveraging the full talents of women in the workplace. Currently, 42 percent of our workforce is female. Across the business, 35 percent of our management positions are currently held by women. Our goal is to increase that figure to at least 40 per cent by 2022.
How do we make this happen? First, we aim to recruit equal numbers of men and women at entry levels. To support this, our job advertisements use gender neutral language, we push for gender balanced short lists, and we use diverse interview panels to reduce the risk of unconscious bias in talent assessments.
A fair and inclusive workplace also means an equal salary for equal work. We have reinforced our commitment to closing our gender gap by undergoing an independent equal pay certification developed by the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation. We are proud to be the first international company to receive the Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification in 2019.
As employees advance in their career, PMI provides equal learning opportunities and personalized development plans for female leaders. We offer flexible working arrangements and parental support programs. These include the “Parents@PMI” employee network in our Operating Center in Switzerland and new mothers' and new fathers’ workshops. We are a member of the International Dual Career Network, a platform designed to support the careers of the partners and spouses of our internationally mobile employees. We also support the development of female talent through peer networking opportunities across the company and celebrate our top female talents as role models.
Beyond our two global priorities – an inclusive workplace and closing our gender gap – we support locally important dimensions of diversity wherever we operate. These range from supporting our LGBTQ+ community to persons with different abilities, individuals from different ethnicity and across generations.
For example, a global network of employees from 23 countries around the world has joined forces to lead initiatives to further Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Others’ (LGBTQ+) inclusion at PMI, and to build stronger ties with the LGBT+ community. PMI recently became a Global Diversity Champions member of STONEWALL, the largest LGBTQ+ network in Europe.
We are making progress, but there is more to be done. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment where our employees feel respected, supported and engaged, and able to perform at their best to help us deliver our smoke-free vision.