Swarovski is a global brand with a workforce of over 27,000 people in 45 countries. We strive to ensure that each of these employees feels respected and valued, and that they are afforded the freedom to be themselves. We remain committed to attracting and retaining valued talent and guaranteeing that gender is never a factor in decisions, including recruitment, promotion and pay. Across the business we promote a healthy ‘work-life’ balance, equal access to career development opportunities; and the option of flexible working arrangements, where appropriate.
Swarovski's mentoring and leadership programs help to accelerate change and create a more diverse and inclusive leadership. Our award-winning mentoring program provides a platform of support, career progression and boosts development for mentees and mentors alike. Meanwhile, our leadership programs offer employees from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop skills and encourages growth within our business. Beyond these formal programs we offer other development programs and digital learning to ensure our valued talent can continue their professional growth and achieve their ambitions.
To further embed equality, diversity and inclusion across the business, we have implemented recruitment guidelines addressing the importance of these commitments. According to Harvard Business Review, a varied and inclusive team adds knowledge, skill and experience which can add over 35% to the bottom line. These guidelines provide best practices for recruiting talent and mitigating bias in people decisions to drive innovation, foster creativity and enhance performance.
Various employee resource groups, including Lean in Circles and Working Parents Club, have been established across the business with a goal to foster connections and drive ambition by leveraging the benefits of peer mentorship. In Austria, our networks are helping to raise the profile of diversity and support colleagues with context-based solutions such as working parents’ initiative, career opportunities for women and promoting women in engineering.