Diverse working community

A pluralistic organisation that supports diversity guarantees equal possibilities, rights and treatment to everyone.

Equality, justice and non-discrimination are important principles that are observed in Kesko throughout job careers.

We joined the Diversity Charter Finland in the autumn of 2013. The Diversity Charter operations are based on a charter that is signed by all new members. The objective of the charter is to help companies raise the management of diversity into one of the starting points of operations development.

Among Kesko employees, there is a wide distribution of ages: the youngest are secondary school students doing their orientation to working life period, while the oldest are old hands drawing close to retirement. Employees of various ages and backgrounds make for a diverse working community. It is important for a working community to be able to transfer knowledge and experiences from one generation to the next.

Kesko Corporation and its Finnish division parent companies and subsidiaries draw up statutory company-specific HR and equality plans and define objectives for improvement. The plans cover recruitment, career advancement and training, remuneration and the reconciliation of work and family life.

In addition to gender equality, the plans also guide other aspects of equality, such as the treatment of people in different age groups or with different cultural backgrounds. The personnel's experiences regarding equality have been tracked as part of a personnel survey.

Did you know...

  • Of  Kesko employees in Finland, 60% were women and 40% were men. In the other operating countries, the figures were 48% and 52% respectively.
  • In Finland, the average age of employees was 41.8 years in 2016. In the other countries, the average age of employees varied from 36 to 46 years.
  • Lengths of employee careers: under 10 years: 67% and over 10 years: 33% in Finland and 87% and 13% respectively in the other countries. Long careers are not rare: 1,438 employees have worked at Kesko for over 25 years.
  • Two of the seven members of Kesko’s Board of Directors were women.
  • Two of the nine members of the Group Management Board were women.
  • In the subsidiaries engaging in retailing in Finland, the proportion of women in supervisory duties was significant: 87% of the department managers at K-Citymarket hypermarkets were women.
  • At the end of 2016, 46% of all supervisors in Finland (51% in 2015) were women and 54% (49% in 2015) were men.


Read more in Kesko's Annual Report.

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