International Women’s Day: Vattenfall’s women make all the difference

Vattenfall is a strong player in the energy market and a successful driver of the energy transition in Europe. This is also a story of female success. Our top-level management, the Executive Group Management (EGM), gives strategic direction to the whole of Vattenfall. Here, women outnumber men by 6 to 5. As part of the Vattenfall Women in Energy Week, we aim to highlight our women‘s career success stories and update on the work across our business to help greater numbers of women rise up and have fulfilling careers.

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Click to see the videoclip with Vattenfall CFO Kerstin Ahlfont: “I am proud of our progress because looking at female representation in leadership roles, we have moved from 24 per cent in 2018 to 32 per cent in 2023.”

Vattenfall’s CFO and EGM member, Kerstin Ahlfont, on the way ahead: "In 2018, Vattenfall signed Equal by 30, an international initiative working towards equal pay, leadership and opportunities for women in the energy sector by 2030, involving 13 governments and more than 130 organisations. I am proud of our progress because looking at female representation in leadership roles, we have moved from 24 per cent in 2018 to 32 per cent in 2023. More work is to be done, but we would like to celebrate our successes during International Women's Week at Vattenfall this year by bringing awareness to the topics around women at work. The D&I Office has curated a special program for the week. I am excited to be personally involved."

Female leadership at Vattenfall is strong. Earlier last year, our President and CEO, Anna Borg, received a prestigious award from Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industri. They declared her the most powerful business woman in Sweden. At the end of last year, TIME Magazine ranked her among the world's 100 most influential actors against climate change. Women make all the difference and are paving the way for a brighter future for everyone. It is all of our women that are contributing to the overall success. Every great woman is a leader in their own right.

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As a signee of Equal by 30, Vattenfall has committed itself to achieving equal leadership, opportunities and pay by 2030. Apart from the hard work of implementing systemic changes, it is vital for knowledge to start circulating and for “female” topics to take centre stage. This year’s Vattenfall Women in Energy Week leading up to International Women’s Day on 8 March has done exactly that and served as an occasion to address topics that matter: employee perspectives, female leadership, menopause and the workforce, inclusive recruitment, allyship, intersectionality and more. Kerstin Ahlfont played her part personally by joining in a session about progress towards gender diversity with Swedish multinational telecommunications company Telia, open to the public.

Join the Gender Diversity & Leadership online seminar with leaders from Vattenfall and Telia here

What is Equal by 30?

Equal by 30 is an international initiative to work according to the principles of equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the energy sector by 2030. The agreement was signed by Vattenfall in 2018 alongside 13 governments and more than 130 organisations worldwide.

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