We operate in many countries of different languages and cultures, which is why a wide variety of people come together and work together at CA Immo.
What does diversity & inclusion mean for CA Immo?
We want to give employees the space to realize their full potential and offer them a working environment that is open and respectful. Our total workforce includes more than 427 employees from 21 nations, ranging in age from 26 to 68, and combining 20 languages. Diversity and inclusion means for us that each and every individual is seen and respected, and we create a working environment free of discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, regional or social origin, race, skin color, religion, world view, age, ethnicity, impairments of any kind or for any other reason, towards a culture of respect. We want to attract people with different qualifications, promote their careers and goals, and strive for an inclusive and motivating workplace culture.
How does CA Immo promote diversity & inclusion?
We are very concerned about bringing the topic of diversity and inclusion closer to our employees and creating awareness of it. We aim to intensify and promote equality for all employees as part of our day-to-day business operations and human resources management.
To ensure awareness at all levels, management training sessions are held regularly and we offer training and advice on diversity & inclusion as part of the employee training program. In 2021, for example, bullying awareness training was held for all managers.
We live and promote diversity and inclusion as part of the following programs, for example:
- Increasing the proportion of women in management positions
- Measures to reconcile work and family life
- Cooperation with myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH
CA Immo regularly reflects on the existing internal corporate culture and structure to identify areas where equality and diversity can be optimized. In this way, we ensure that we are constantly improving and learning as we move forward to promote diversity & inclusion. For us, promoting diversity and inclusion is a continuous process.
Who is responsible for diversity and inclusion in the company?
Responsibility for diversity initiatives at CA Immo lies with the Group Head of Human Resources. The respective managers in each department are responsible for observing and implementing diversity and equality in everyday working life. Starting this year, the topic of diversity development will be included at least once a year in the agenda of a Supervisory Board meeting in order to create more awareness and give this important topic more space.
How important is gender diversity?
In the composition of our employee structure, we pay attention to equality and balance - both in the workforce as a whole and at all management and executive levels. In the recruitment process, we pay attention not only to professional qualifications but also to the equal treatment of women and men. A fair, non-discriminatory and equal-opportunity application and selection process is particularly important to us.
We also aim to increase the proportion of female managers through a variety of measures and incentives. For example, women are specifically targeted in internal succession planning and when filling management positions; female applicants are given preference in the recruiting process if their qualifications are equivalent. Even part-time employment does not stand in the way of a managerial position. We are very pleased that this model has already been taken up by some executives and that we are offering an opportunity here that is well received throughout the Group.
Currently, the overall proportion of women across the Group is around 51% (December 31, 2021). We are proud that our Executive Board team has also included a woman since January 1, 2022.
What about work-life balance?
We pay attention to the individual life situations of our employees and want to provide them with the best possible support in different phases of their lives. CA Immo promotes work-life balance in particular through flexible working hours and part-time models, home office, paternity leave and paternity leave. Employees on parental leave are integrated into the internal information network and have the opportunity to participate in annual team meetings and company events.
What partnerships and cooperations are there?
CA Immo is a cooperation partner of myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH. myAbility is a social enterprise consultancy that creates equal opportunities and aims to make society barrier-free from within the economy. For the Frankfurt site, CA Immo started the cooperation as a pilot project to give students with impairments insights into different departments and to promote a culture of inclusion among CA Immo employees. This project will be continued in Vienna this year. By participating in this program, CA Immo was able to learn valuable lessons about accessibility. For example, we derive a great deal of added value from the fact that some changes are being initiated and implemented internally in the direction of an inclusive working environment.
Since 2020, CA Immo has supported the Women in Leadership (F!F) initiative, which actively promotes the change toward more diversity and a contemporary leadership culture in the real estate industry.
How do our employees feel about these topics?
Claudia Höbart, Group Head of Human Resources: "Diversity means including people with different perspectives, experiences, opinions and different working styles and expectations in our daily activities. This requires overcoming prejudices and treating each other with respect."
Katarina Heger, ESG Reporting Manager: "For us, diversity means accepting and appreciating the uniqueness of others. We are convinced that only by valuing diversity can we create a motivating working environment and well-being for all of us. Diversity enriches us in our daily interaction."
Ingo Steinwender, father of four children and Group Head of Legal at CA Immo headquarters in Vienna on work-life balance: "For good work performance, the workplace and the private environment have to fit together. If one part is not right, then the other part is not right either. CA Immo has our backs in this respect."