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Diversity & inclusion at Deutsche Börse Group

Deutsche Börse Group operates worldwide. We take pride in employing over 7,000 colleagues with a wealth of cultural backgrounds at 43 locations around the globe. However, our diversity is reflected not only in the origins or cultural backgrounds of our colleagues but also in the variety of their professional backgrounds and many other differences characterising each individual personality that is part of our team.

As a global organisation, we stand for recognition, appreciation and inclusion in the working environment, and advocate for and thrives through openness and fairness. For this reason, we are a signatory to the “Diversity Charter” and our code of ethics is proof of our commitment to our Group-wide social and corporate responsibilities.

Our diversity within the company creates a corporate culture characterised by open dialogue, trust, and mutual acceptance. The wealth of backgrounds and ideas is key to our success, and jointly we fulfil our purpose: “We create trust in the markets of today and tomorrow.”

Our Diversity & Inclusion Statement reflects our commitment to provide a fully inclusive and welcoming workplace for our employees and all future talents. 

Diversity & Inclusion statement

Diversity with respect to education and training

Our diversity is not only reflected in the origin and culture of our employees, but also in their different professional backgrounds: We employ economists and lawyers as well as natural scientists and humanities scholars.

Diversity with respect to the gender perspective

Overall proportion of women

(as at 31 December 2020)

Employees: 7.238

Women's share: 38%

Proportion of women at management level

(as at 31 December 2020)

Senior and middle management:

women's share: 16%

Junior management:

women's share: 31%

Proportion of women in the committees of Deutsche Börse AG

(as at December 2020)

Number of Executive Board members: 6

Women's share: 17%

Number of Supervisory Board members: 16

Women's share: 38%

Number of employee representatives on the Supervisory Board: 8

Women's share: 38%

Number of members in the Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board: 6

Women's share: 33%

Number of members in the Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board: 6

Women's share: 50%


Our goals in the field of diversity

As a socially responsible employer, Deutsche Börse Group has been offering men and women equal opportunities for a long time; the knowledge and the competence of female managers as well as the performance potential of diversified teams is something we cannot do without.

Our various talent development programmes – which are also concerned with providing women with the qualifications necessary to fill managerial positions – contribute to the long-term promotion of women in management positions. Deutsche Börse Group will continue to adhere to this gender diversity approach in the future.

Target quotas for women

The Deutsche Börse AG Executive Board has set targets for the proportion of women at the two management levels below the Executive Board of Deutsche Börse AG, in line with the German Act for the equal participation of women and men in management positions in the private and public sectors (FührungsposGleichberG) and in accordance with section 76 (4) of the German Stock Corporation Act. By 31 December 2021, the aspired proportion of women at the first management level below the Executive Board is 15 per cent; at the second management level, it is 20 per cent. By 31 December 2021, the aspired proportion of women at the first management level below the Executive Board is 15 per cent; at the second management level, it is 20 per cent. As of 31 December 2020, the proportion of women at Deutsche Börse AG in Germany was 13 per cent at the first management level below the Executive Board and 19 per cent at the second management level.

Moreover, as early as in 2010, the Executive Board had adopted a voluntary commitment to increase the share of women holding middle and upper management positions to 20 per cent by 2020 and of women holding lower management positions to 30 per cent during the same period. The Group maintains this ambition and has extended the scope of its voluntary commitment over and above the legal requirements. Firstly, the target figures determined in this context relate to Deutsche Börse Group (including subsidiaries) worldwide. Secondly, the definition of management levels/positions was extended to also include heads of teams, for example. On a global level, as at 31 December 2020, these quotas stood at 16 per cent for upper and middle management levels and 31 per cent for lower management positions. For Germany, the quotas were 18 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively.

Deutsche Börse Group will continue all previous measures to achieve the defined target and add further formats.

Measures to promote women

In order to raise the share of women in executive positions, the company explicitly ensures that women are also identified as candidates for executive positions. Furthermore, Deutsche Börse Group offers additional measures to promote female employees: targeted succession planning as well as a external mentoring-programme. Within the framework of women's networks, an exchange among women is promoted. In addition, our Capital Markets Academy offers training for women on the topics of "financial planning, investment and retirement provision".

A fact sheet containing further information on diversity at Deutsche Börse Group is available for download below.

Further information