Diversity and inclusion as part of company DNA
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has people of 48 different nationalities working in 14 countries. Valuing diversity should be fundamental for any company, but it is crucial especially for global companies.
Diversity can be differences in background, expertise and perspectives to name a few. Differences make us all unique. According to many studies, diverse teams are more innovative and productive.
Company culture with diversity and inclusion is something that many employees value, based on the Ahlstrom-Munksjö Culture Pulse survey. It is also something that the future employees look for.
"By encouraging diversity, we will create a culture where everyone can be themselves and share their unique experience, knowledge and views for the benefit of the whole company," says Tarja Takko, EVP, People and Safety.
Diversity can be built in various ways
Ahlstrom-Munksjö forms a diverse and competent workforce by being open-minded and selecting the best fit for each position, as stated in company’s Human Capital policy.
“We are committed to safe and inclusive work environments, fair treatment and equal opportunity, according to our Sustainability policy People priorities. Where one of the concrete targets is to have a balanced gender representation in managerial positions. We are also committed to United Nations Global Compact principles, where Principle 6 is about elimination of discrimination in work-related activities,” summarizes Tarja Takko.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Culture Cornerstones, Code of Conduct and leadership principles guide the company in building a culture, where diversity and inclusion are part of the company DNA,
“According to our Code of Conduct we treat all our people with respect and give them all equal opportunities for personal growth and professional development, regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, disabilities, nationality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliations, marital or economic status, or position within the company. Our leadership behaviors include encouraging diversity and appreciating the whole person who comes to work,” Takko emphasizes.