Nissan is bringing the issue of gender equality, and their aggressive commitment to leveling the playing field, to the forefront. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the world’s fourth-largest automotive group, and together, these companies have a major influence on today’s workplace. Both companies have reported year-over-year increases in the number of women in manager-level positions globally.
At Nissan, Women accounted for 10.6 percent of manager-level positions in 2013, up from 10.3 percent in 2012. In Japan, women account for 7.1 percent of management-level positions, which is more than quadruple such positions in 2004. By 2017, Nissan aims to make major strides – raising the international average to 14 percent.
Nissan is an industry leader in this area, specifically in Japan where the percentage of its women managers is more than double the national average for large manufacturers. Nissan was recently recognized as a “Nadeshiko Brand” by the Tokyo Stock Exchange for the second year running for its support of women in the workplace.
“The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains committed to fully leveraging our global talent pool and closing the gender gap, and we are seeing incremental progress toward that goal every year,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in a news release. “Hiring and promoting women is the right thing to do for society – and for our business, because women decide or influence the overwhelming majority of car purchases globally.”
While Nissan is working hard to provide equal opportunities and pay for women across its organization, these seemingly-low percentages (which are higher than industry averages) remind us that there is still quite a bit of work to be done.
Here at High Point Nissan, we couldn’t be more proud to work for an automaker who is leading the way in gender equality.