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Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Honours Mixed Leadership

Helga Stödter Award granted to ECE, Hamburg Messe & Congress, and Baseler Hof for gender equality on management levels

In 2015, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce has been honouring for the fourth time best practices in gender equality in leadership positions with the Helga Stödter Award. In the “Large Companies” category, the prize was granted to ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG. In the SME category, the hotel-restaurant “Baseler Hof” and the Hamburg Messe & Congress GmbH were recognised for their efforts.

Leadership Can Be A Part-Time Affair!

ECE has implemented a long-term mixed leadership strategy, which is back by the CEO Alexander Otto and the management and lived throughout the company, emphasised presenter Julia Niharika Sen in her eulogy. Management positions are also shared and held part-time. Also, women and men have equal pay. In addition, there are also exemplary offers to reconcile work and family. Last but not leasst, the company increased its share of women on the top management level, i.e. in the Advisory Board and Management Board, from 2011’s zero per cent to 2015’s 23 per cent. In total, women hold 33 per cent of all positions at all levels.

Corporate Child Care

At “Baseler Hof”, there are more women than men working as top level executives, the expert jury of seven emphasised and praised the corporate in-house day care for kids on weekends. Also named winner in the SMW category, Hamburg Messe und Congress offers flexible working hours on all levels, with gender parity in the management, and 42 per cent of women in the advisory board.

Close Co-Operation

Women and men should join forces and co-operated to determine the work of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the economic development in Hamburg, said the Vice-President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Christina Jagdmann, in her opening address. “Only together, we are strong. And only together, we will make a difference when it comes to women in leadership positions!” Jagdmann stressed that the Chamber of Commerce was seeking to increase their share of women in leadership positions: “In the current parliamentary term, we have increased the number of women in Parliament by eight per cent to 27 percent.” From the newly elected Senate of Hamburg, Jagdmann demands to enhance the speed of the transition to a comprehensive system of genuine all-day schools and to better adapt the day care opening times to the professional reality of mothers and fathers.

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