Our goal is to have women occupy at least 30 percent of positions in middle and upper management. To this end, we have initiated numerous measures: expansion of our work-life balance offer by means of parental leave models, flexible working hours, and childcare programs, a mentoring program for supervisory board candidates, targeted recruiting of female talent, for example through the Talents@Telekom talent platform, and the "Fair Share" initiative started in 2010.
This allowed us to continuously increase the share of women in management positions – from 19 percent in 2010 to 25.4 percent on December 31, 2017. With 45 percent on the Group's Supervisory Board, we have already surpassed our own goal as well as the statutory gender quota introduced in Germany on January 1, 2016. Our quota for women, which we want to achieve by the end of 2020, also applies to the two levels beneath Board of Management level, the management of the national companies, and the internal supervisory boards in Germany. With these efforts, we are significantly surpassing the statutory regulations in effect in Germany since 2015.