Jos Dijsselhof could only concur with Director Durrer’s remarks. The CEO of SIX regards it as clearly proven that a mixed workforce leads to better corporate performance. Dijsselhof, together with Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer at Holcim, and David Bach, Professor of Strategy and Political Economy at IMD, sat on a discussion panel at the event, moderated by journalist Hannah Wise. “The stick is needed, since it helps steer things in the right direction,” Dijsselhoff said. But the path taken must also be followed by employees based on their own convictions, causing a cultural change in the company. That’s because in the end a company’s culture is more important than its processes.
The entire D&I month at SIX was essentially about creating an open and multicultural corporate culture, with mix of ages and genders. At a total of 21 events, employees of SIX and external experts thoroughly considered and analyzed the topic from a variety of perspectives. “It isn’t just about the equality of men and women, rather the inclusion of all employees regardless of what age, gender, religion, or ethnic background,” said Patricia Gilliard, Senior Specialist Diversity & Inclusion at SIX and one of the organizers of D&I Month, which was celebrated throughout the company.