Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

Diversity makes us unique, inclusion makes us powerful

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in the KONE culture and values. We believe that when people are valued as their authentic selves, innovation can flourish and work communities will thrive.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

We believe in diversity, inclusion and equity

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At KONE, we strive to provide equal opportunity for everyone. We apply fair talent practices in recruitment and enable unique career paths through flexible arrangements and by supporting a healthy work-life balance.

We value everyone as an individual

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Globally, we celebrate some 150 nationalities that make us unique. To accelerate innovation and co-creation, and to create a thriving work community, we welcome fresh competences and views from outside our industry. Together, we make KONE a great place to work and cities better places to live.

Our diverse perspectives drive innovation

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We are only as strong as we are diverse and inclusive. Our varied capabilities, skills, and approaches help us to create the best People Flow™ experience and build better, more sustainable cities. We treat everyone with kindness and respect, support diverse thinking, acknowledge our biases, and always keep an open mind.

We care for each other and our communities

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We are committed to a culture that welcomes everyone. A culture where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging. Fostering inclusion is an ongoing effort, and we move forward with ambition. We contribute to the sustainable development of our communities and want to take a stand for a fair and equal society.

Our goals for promoting diversity and inclusion

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In order to bring clear direction to our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have defined four goals:

  • Have 35% of director-level positions held by women by 2030.
  • Continue to increase the diversity of experiences and perspectives by systematically hiring people from outside our industry, with competencies that complement ours.
  • Aim to become as diverse as our customers and the communities we serve. As a specific action, we work to increase cultural diversity in our global business units and functions.
  • Work together to build an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity. We will do so, for example, through continuous coaching for our leaders and by providing practical tips and facts for employees to learn and lead the way for an inclusive culture.

Read more about diversity and inclusion at KONE in our Sustainability Report.

Our focus areas

Global diversity and inclusion strategy

Our diversity and inclusion strategy supports us in reaching our goals by focusing on the following areas:

Strategic intent

Diversity and inclusion are among KONE’s business priorities. We aspire to be as diverse as our customers, suppliers and partners.

Leadership engagement

Our leadership is committed to driving diversity and inclusion and measured against set goals.

Talent practices

Diversity and inclusion are integrated into our people processes. All KONE employees should be mindful of our diversity and inclusion principles.

Data-based decision making

We systematically measure and report on diversity and inclusion data to gain objective insights and drive decision making.

Transparent communication

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our communications objectives. We report and communicate about our diversity and inclusion progress with transparency.

Responsible global citizen

We are considered a trusted employer and partner, and a strong contributor to the sustainable development of communities in which we operate.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

LGBTIQ+ inclusion at KONE

We want all our employees, customers and stakeholders to feel comfortable being themselves at work and as members of society, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

We are building awareness, providing training and engaging employees with an employee-led resource group. We are also committed to strengthening our policies and practices to be LGBTIQ+ inclusive, while simultaneously reviewing and updating our people processes in regard to diversity and inclusion related aspects. For practical guidance and support in achieving this, KONE has partnered with Workplace Pride, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) people in workplaces worldwide. Our local communities mean a lot to us, and we show our support for example by sponsoring local Pride events, like the Helsinki Pride 2024.

KONE has also endorsed the UN Standards of Conduct to publicly show its commitment for promoting LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at KONE

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KONE Sustainability Report

KONE publishes a sustainability report annually.

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