PRESS RELEASE Women’s Career Index Top Companies 2019

Women’s careers become a model for change

o Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Accenture share the top spot 

o BMW is newcomer of the year

o Women’s careers as testimony to innovative working cultures

The analysis and consulting firm FKi Frauen Karriere Index/Women’s Career Index has again examined companies throughout Germany for the period of 2018 with regard to their activities to promote women’s careers in the context of dynamic changes. A total of 38 companies of different sizes and from different industries underwent this year’s analysis in order to underline the promotion of more women in leadership in their companies. The companies with the highest index scores (between 1 and 10) will be honoured on today’s International Women’s Day.

Hewlett-Packard and Accenture in the dual leadership

In first place are the international technology giants Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Accenture. Both companies share the top position with the same index score. For Hewlett-Packard Enterprise it is already the sixth consecutive first place. “The company has accompanied us for six years now. Initially, it was still at an index value in the 80s, and then gradually worked its way up,” says Barbara Lutz, founder and managing director of the Women’s Career Index. The technology consultancy Accenture has also been among the top rankings in recent years due to its consistent management of increasing the proportion of women throughout the company. Berliner Wasserbetriebe occupy second place, followed by another double placement in third place: here, chip manufacturer Intel and Santander Consumer Bank are equal on points.

The Munich-based car manufacturer BMW was indexed for the first time for its commitment to more women in leadership and immediately made it to fifth place. “Companies are increasingly seeing that more women in leadership and the associated measures are demonstrably promoting structural change processes,” comments Barbara Lutz.

Biggest change in flexible organizational structures

Since the Women’s Career Index particularly addresses the challenge of analysing the effects of change resulting from the development of women’s careers, there were consistently above-average improvements in the implementation of flexible working time models in the period between 2013 and 2018.

While 37 percent of companies were still using flexible working hours in 2013, this figure had risen to 94 percent last year. “This clearly shows that more and more men are also taking advantage of this option,” says Barbara Lutz. There is also progress in terms of transparency in filling positions. In the 5-year average, the FKi can observe a percentage development from 45 to 69 percent. “These developments make it clear what a positive influence women’s careers have on structural changes and how they favour the climate of innovation. Those who neglect this as a strategic lever today are gambling away their future,” concludes the founder.

Assessment basis of the Women’s Career Index

In the run-up to the award, the companies voluntarily submitted to an independent indexing of their career advancement for women in the workplace. A total of 38 companies of all sizes and sectors throughout Germany participated in the current Women’s Career Index 2018. 16 companies were anonymously surveyed. The analysis included a 40-page questionnaire with a total of 46 measures on important topics such as: Commitment of management, working time models, development opportunities for women, transparent personnel processes, effectiveness of established measures such as diversity councils, women’s networks or mentoring programs.

Irrespective of their position in the ranking of the best companies, all participating companies benefit from the differentiated assessment of their own situation in terms of the promotion of women’s careers and the impetus for their consistent further development.

About the Women Career Index

The FKi is an independent measuring instrument that can be used by companies and organisations of all sizes and in all sectors to examine how women at various management levels develop in their careers. With the help of the FKi, companies should be able to take more efficient measures and thus sustainably improve women’s chances of advancement. Launched in 2012, the FKi has been an independent company based in Munich since 2015 and is under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


Since 2016, the FKi has also been supported by the media partners SZ Plan W, Bloomberg and Emotion. 

Ranking of the first 10 companies

Rank Company Index number 1 Hewlett-Packard Enterprise 90

1 Accenture 90

2 Berliner Wasserbetriebe 87

3 Intel Deutschland GmbH 86

3 Santander Consumer Bank AG 86

4 Investitionsbank Berlin 85

5 BMW AG 84

5 RWE Group 84

6 MTU Aero Engines AG 83

6 NTT DATA Deutschland GmbH 83

7 GFT Technologies SE 80

7 Klöckner & Co. SE 80

8 Kao Germany GmbH 79

8 Technical University of Munich 79

9 Hamburg Leuchtfeuer gGmbH 75

10 Mindshare GmbH 74

Indexed companies in alphabetical order:

AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG, Accenture Dienstleistungen GmbH, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, BMW AG, DS Deutschland GmbH, GFT Technologies SE, Hamburg Leuchtfeuer gGmbH, Hays AG, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Deutschland, Intel Deutschland GmbH, Investitionsbank Berlin, Kao Germany GmbH, Klöckner & Co SE, Lekkerland Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG, Mindshare GmbH, MTU Aero Engines AG, NTT DATA Deutschland GmbH, Österreichische Post AG, RWE Group, Santander Consumer Bank AG, Technische Universität München, Theater und Philharmonie Essen GmbH.

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