Renault-Nissan Alliance continues making strides in its commitment to closing gender gap. Both companies report a higher percentage of women in manager-level positions globally in 2013 compared to 2012. At Renault, women accounted for 18.4% of manager-level positions globally in 2013, up from 17% in 2012. 19.3% of the company’s 2,000 global key positions were held by women, up from 17% in 2012.
Mouna Sepehri, Executive Vice President of the Office of the CEO, and Marie-Françoise Damesin, Executive Vice President for Human Resources are two out Renault’s ten-member executive committee. Damesin is also Renault-Nissan Alliance Executive Vice President for Human Resources.
At Nissan, women accounted for 10.6% of manager-level positions in fiscal 2013, up from 10.3% in fiscal 2012. In Nissan Japan, women accounted for 7.1% of such positions, up from 6.8% YoY, and upward of a quadruple from 1.6% in fiscal year 2004. By 2017, Nissan aims to have more women in top positions, with 10% in Japan and 14% globally.
In Japan, percentage of women managers in Nissan is more than double the national average for large manufacturers. In March, Nissan has been recognised as a Nadeshiko Brand by Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) for its support and promotion of women at work.
Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke of closing ‘Gender Gap’ and highlighted that women decide or influence an overwhelming majority of car purchases globally. Women are influencers on 80% of all new-car purchases as per Frost & Sullivan.
Renault Captur crossover saw male team members dedicated to its engineering, design. Marketing and sales team were women. The automaker’s internal social network called Women@Renault is a digital and real-world community to discuss gender progress, and analyse best practices around recruitment, training and career management. Women@Renault has 4,500 members in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Korea, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Spain and Turkey. Nissan has opened its first Ladies First dealership mostly managed and staffed by women in Fuchu, a Tokyo suburb. 300 such dealerships will be inaugurated across Japan by next year, and will globally apply it wherever applicable.