Diversity and inclusion
For the third year running, Bühler has affirmed its commitment to support gender equality by joining with over 100 Swiss-based companies in its commitment to improve gender balance in the workplace by 1% year over year. 2020 has seen the continued development of the Bühler Beyond Bias workshops launched in 2019. The aim of Beyond Bias is to address unconscious bias in the workplace and to help foster an inclusive environment. With workshops carried out across global locations, every region was able to tailor the training sessions to address local cultural circumstances.
In 2020, 180 participants attended 15 workshops, and 12 new facilitators were certified in Bühler’s Beyond Bias “Train the Facilitator” program, to support the running of the workshops. Due to Covid-19 constraints, these workshops were adapted from face-to-face to virtual experiences. Bühler has continued to build the partnership with the continuous-education program, Women Back to Business, at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The program is designed to help women back into the workplace after taking a career break. Making sure we regain talent is part of our success story, and we are pleased to report Bühler recruited the first return-to-work employee from the program in 2020.
Bühler published its first Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report for the year 2019 in early 2020. A 2020 report, which includes key achievements and plans, is in development. We also launched an online diversity dashboard, enabling employees to access specific diversity metrics to support key performance indicators, and two new e-learning modules covering inclusivity in the workplace were launched.