The Renault-Nissan Alliance, one of the world’s largest car groups, continues to make progress in its commitment to closing the gender gap. The company launched numerous programs globally and particularly in the “home markets” to recruit, retain and advance women. The percentage of women employees at both Renault and Nissan has increased from a year ago, particularly in manager-level positions.
At Renault, women accounted for 18.4% of all employees globally in the most recent study, up from 17.6% in 2013 and up from 10% in 2000. Women accounted for 18.3% of Renault’s manager-level positions globally in 2014, up from 17% in 2013. Women accounted for 22% of the company’s 2,000 global “key positions,” up from 19.6% in 2013.
Renault is a leader in the auto industry in terms of women at the most senior ranks. Two members of the 11-person executive committee are women: Mouna Sepehri, Executive Vice President of the Office of the CEO; and Marie-Françoise Damesin, Executive Vice President for Human Resources. Damesin is also Renault-Nissan Alliance Executive Vice President for Human Resources.
Renault aims to have women account for 30% of engineering or technical positions and 50% of sales positions worldwide by 2016. Renault also aims to have women account for 25% of its key global positions by next year.
At Nissan, women accounted for 11.7% of manager-level positions globally in fiscal year 2014, up from 10.6% in fiscal year 2013. In Japan, women at Nissan accounted for 8.2% of such positions, up from 7.1% in the previous year and more than 5 times higher than 2004.
Nissan remains an industry benchmark in its home market of Japan, with the percentage of its women managers more than triple the national average for large manufacturers. Nissan’s goal is to have women represent 10% of managers in Japan and 14% of all management positions globally by 2017.