Olaf Scholz
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'Chefsache' initiative New patron of Chef:innensache: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz becomes new patron of the ‘Chefsache’ initiative, which is committed to equal opportunities for men and women in leadership positions. Scholz succeeds Angela Merkel, who has been patron of the initiative since its inception in 2015.

With the aim of achieving equality between women and men in various German industries, the ‘Chefsache’ initiative is working with its member companies to change attitudes. There is a major imbalance at management level in particular, which is addressed by the initiative’s activities.

Scholz said at the start of his patronage: “Equality should actually be a matter of course in a country like ours. But we are still a long way from that. Promoting diversity and equal opportunities in leadership positions is a particular concern of mine. That’s why I appreciate the work of   Initiative Chef:innensache, which advocates for more women in leadership at the highest level.”

With the backing of the German Chancellor’s Office, the ‘Chefsache’ initiative is continuing its efforts to improve the current situation and ensure greater equality of opportunity. This includes networking between companies and executives, its own empirical studies, and media campaigns on challenges and possible solutions.

The Background of the 'Chefsache' initiative

The ‘Chefsache’ initiative is a network for the promotion of a balanced ratio of women and men in leadership positions.

The driving forces behind the initiative are executives and board members from a variety of companies, as well as leaders from academic, socioeconomic, and public institutions. Founded in 2015, the initiative aims to use new ideas and concepts to bring about a rethink in the world of work. Gender balance and contemporary role models benefit everyone equally.

Role models benefit everyone equally – women, men and society.

The members of the network are: Allianz, BASF, Bayer, German Federal Intelligence Service, German Federal Ministry of Defense, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL, EnBW, Evonik, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft,
Google, Hensoldt, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KION Group, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Max Planck Society, McKinsey & Company, RheinEnergie, RWE, Siemens, Stifterverband, O2 Telefónica, TÜV Rheinland, VHH, Volkswagen, DIE ZEIT and ZEISS.