rich in Tradition and frauenarm: managers in large family firms less likely to be in the tope days than in listed companies.

According to a study by the non-profit Allbright Foundation, the proportion of managers were women in the management of the 100 top-selling family firms at the beginning of March at 6.9 percent. In the case of the 160 companies in the stock exchange indices Dax, MDax and SDax there were a total of 10 percent in the 30 trading heavyweights in the Dax 15 percent.

“danger, that you miss the development of your leadership structure”

“a family company in the second, fourth or sixth Generation of Adaptation, they survived for decades because they have always detected in time the signs of the time and used”, said the managing Director of the Allbright Foundation, Wiebke Ankersen and Christian Berg. “The proportion of women in company management but they have still a “Blind Spot”.”

Tradition is a family business, a very strong value, “currently, he threatens to suffocate the renewal,” said Ankersen more. “There is the risk that the company will miss the development of its management structure, with consequences for their future ability.”

listed companies perform better from

Less than a third (29 per cent) of large family businesses has a woman in management. Overall, worked according to the study, at 1. March 406 men and 30 women in the tope days. The highest proportion of women is 10.3 percent in the 20 corporations that are also listed on the stock exchange. They include BMW, Continental, Henkel, Merck, and Volkswagen count. Companies that are 100 percent family-owned, cut off, therefore, with a share of 4.8 per cent, significantly worse.

“These companies are not so strong in the light of the Public. Transparency helps, because it is increasingly expected that companies ensure diversity and equal opportunities, as well as, for example, for sustainability,“ said Ankersen.

Better, it looks at the Supervisory or management boards in total. The proportion of women in Supervisory bodies of large family firms is 24.5 percent.

women in important positions in the German family business

the owners of the family-powerful positions such as the presidency of the Board of management or of the Supervisory Board are entrusted according to the study, mainly men. In only two of the biggest family-owned companies, female members hold the information, according to the Chairman of the Board: Anna Maria Braun medical company B. Braun Melsungen and Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller at the machine manufacturer Trumpf.

Among the Supervisory Board, the heads of there was in early March, three women from the family: Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser at the agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas, Simone Bagel-Trah at Henkel, and Bettina Würth at the Würth group. As a non-family Manager Doreen Nowotne, since may, the Supervisory body of the company with a long tradition Haniel.

“About your Position of power in the family could bring to your company a fast and pragmatic as role models to the top – you just have to recognize the strategic advantages,” argued Ankersen and mountain.

More women among the Recruitments in the past year

The new appointments in the past year – between March 2019 and March 2020 – were the charges, according to female and international. Accordingly, 22 percent of the Recruitments accounted for in the management of family businesses to managers, 26 percent came from abroad. “The Figures show that the first family for a change in thinking of companies to start,” said Ankersen.

it has Helped according to their assessment, the legal quota for women in Supervisory has shown councils, “that there are enough qualified women. You would find the same for the Board of Directors, or the management of the company.“ Basically, the discussion should be guided but primarily about “why more diversity is in the management bodies in the interest of the companies: they lead to better and more profitable decisions.”

laws for the occupation of Posts with women

The listed about 100 largest publicly and fully subject to codetermination companies in Germany need to post since the beginning of 2016 released at the end of the Supervisory Board with women neubesetzen, up to at least a share of women of 30 percent is reached. The law provides for numerous other companies, to give themselves targets for the percentage of women in the Board of Directors and in other leadership bodies. A legal quota for members of the management Board are not yet available.

The German-Swedish Allbright Foundation is an advocate for more women and diversity in leadership positions in the economy. In FOCUS Online At FOCUS Online/Wochit In the