Diversity and inclusion

Project team working

Diversity is our reality - inclusion is our choice

The diversity of our employees is a competitive advantage because of the creativity, innovation, and local customer understanding it nurtures.

Therefore, we want to foster a culture of high-performing diverse teams that operate in an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds are treated equally, respected, and valued for who they are. Diversity has different aspects: generations, nationality, gender, and individual characteristics as racial origin, and industry background.

Two Danfoss colleagues talking

Diversity & inclusion go hand in hand

Diversity depends on inclusion. Inclusion is about creating a safe space and helping everyone to be seen, heard, valued, and respected.  

A cohesive Diversity and Inclusion strategy is the foundation for success, and it goes beyond increasing the share of female leadership.

In 2020, we introduced the formal role of Head of Diversity and Inclusion to drive initiatives and support the organization in building a global strategy. We want to build a strategy that is centered around our diversity and inclusion definitions and covered structural inclusion, such as processes and systems, as well as the behavioural inclusion experienced in our day-to-day decision-making processes and leadership behavior.

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Increasing the share of women leaders

Today, 30% of Danfoss employees are women, but only 20% of leadership positions are occupied by women. Our goal is to ensure that 25% of our leaders are female in 2022 and 30% in 2025.

Our business, as well as the industry we operate in, is dominated by men. We want to lead globally by making the industry more attractive to females and helping more women pursue a career in science.

We have come a long way, but to reach our target an extraordinary effort is required. We need to go new ways, challenge ourselves and send a clear signal that Danfoss is an attractive company for all genders.

Kim Fausing speaking with young Danfoss talents

Mentoring for growth and diversity

In 2020, we’ve launched a mentoring program, in which all members of the Group Executive Team are mentoring talents from our business, passing on their personal experience to build competencies and enabling our talents to grow personally and professionally.

Danfoss’ CEO Kim Fausing mentor four talented women. He is personally investing in the mentoring program for women, to make sure we don’t miss out on the excellent talented women available in and outside our organization.

It is important to our senior leaders to stay connected to the pipeline of talent and learn from the younger generations as well.

Danfoss employees working around table

When you join Danfoss you will be trusted and respected as individual human being

Through trust and respect, we empower our people to voice their opinion, no matter what position they are in. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace fosters creativity, innovation, and a broader perspective in decision-making, optimizing our performance.

When we all feel inspired, empowered, and able to reach our full potential, we all thrive. When we bring our authentic selves to work, we focus our energy to fulfill our purpose, grow as people and professionals, stay engaged, and feel that we belong at Danfoss.

Colleagues from Danfoss helping Habitat for Humanity
Colleagues from Danfoss in Canada, have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to support the building of affordable homes for families in need of a home.

Community engagement

We want to be a strong local partner and engage with local stakeholders and partner organizations to ensure that our efforts contribute to communities around the world where we have presence.

We play an active role in the local communities through sponsorships, involvement in trade organizations and networks, and through participation in social work and employee-volunteering activities.

We create an attractive dynamic work environment for Danfoss employees and their families through the effort of local Danfoss colleagues around the globe and through several specialized foundations.

Sustainability report 2020

Sustainability report 2020

Read more about how we invest in our people and their development by cultivating an atmosphere where everyone feels safe, heard, and encouraged to grow and innovate.