Bad Soden, Germany,

Messer publishes Diversity Report

Messer, the largest family-run industrial gases specialist worldwide, has published its first Diversity Report. The initiative was launched by Marcel Messer, fourth-generation owner and Advisor to the Management Board: “A monitoring helps us achieve our objectives.” And in this context, those objectives are to strengthen our commitment to diversity in the workplace and to increase the share of women in Messer’s management over the medium to long term.

On the Supervisory Board of the family-run company, the proportion is already on the right track: with Nathalie von Siemens and Heike Niehues, Member of the Management Board of Webasto, Stefan Messer, CEO and owner of Messer, has already filled two out of the six supervisory board positions with women. “We must keep working continuously now to bring more female colleagues into leadership positions,” he explains.

Nevertheless, Messer’s Diversity Report already indicates a positive trend: at the industrial gases specialist’s Central European subsidiaries, the share of women in the first and second levels of management has already risen from 28.3 percent in 2018 to 38 percent in 2019. Now Messer is planning to conduct targeted training seminars for managers and employees and to promote women in the second and third levels in order to increase the influence of women in management over the long term.

The Diversity Report, which will now annually present key figures from diversity management and be continually expanded, also shows charts on age structure, length of service and internationality.

Messer’s Diversity Report can be viewed or downloaded at