Diversity

Committed to equality in the workplace

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Across the Group, women accounted for 39% of total employees and 20% of senior management in 2015/16 (full time equivalent).

The commitment of the Company’s employees is vital to ensure that high standards of customer care and service are maintained throughout its businesses. Kingfisher is fully committed to treating its employees and customers with dignity and respect, and to valuing diversity. It is our policy to:

  • ensure there is no discrimination in employment on the grounds of race, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or religious belief;
  • implement measures in stores to ensure a level of customer service for disabled people equivalent to that offered to non-disabled people; and
  • maintain a mechanism which customers and employees can use to give feedback on the Company’s performance and ensure that all customer comments are analysed, responded to and acted upon.

A breakdown of employee gender diversity can be found on page 21 of Kingfisher’s 2015/16 annual report and accounts. Kingfisher as a whole employs 74,000 people across our markets and invests in colleagues, drawing on their energy, skills and ideas to achieve the Company’s goals. The aim is to create great workplaces and we strive to be an employer of choice in our sector. The Company’s commitment to net positive supports employee loyalty, productivity and engagement and we create opportunities for our people to get involved.

Board Composition

The Board is committed to ensuring that the directors of Kingfisher plc demonstrate a broad balance of skills, experience, independence, knowledge and diversity (including gender diversity). We believe that balanced and diverse boards are effective boards. We have 44% female representation on our Board (4 out of 9) and 57% of Kingfisher’s executive committee are female (4 out of 6). As an organisation, we are committed to maximising the benefits of our diverse workforce to deliver real and sustainable benefits for the Group. Kingfisher is an active member of the 30% Club Mentoring Scheme which helps develop a broader pipeline of female talent at all levels.