A key characteristic of ALTANA is its diversity. But a “quota for women” is not an option for us, because the key criteria for professional development are exclusively expertise and social competence, regardless of origins, age, gender, or beliefs. At present, about 30 percent of our workforce in Germany is female. However, the share of women in management positions in our German companies has so far been only around 19 percent, and in top management positions just eight percent. To remedy the situation, in 2012 twelve women employees established the initiative “LEADINGWOMEN@ALTANA” in Wesel with the approval of the executive management. Initially, they exchanged their own experiences and developed a concept to anchor the topic of “women in leading positions” in the company’s philosophy of diversity in the long run. The result: In 2013, the initiative began with concrete measures at the Wesel site.