Carlsberg Group commits to UN Women’s Empowerment Principles on women’s empowerment and gender equity

Carlsberg Group CEO Cees ‘t Hart signs the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, committing to women’s empowerment and gender equity.

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, Carlsberg Group has signed the guiding principles on women’s empowerment and gender equity, further cementing the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion commitment.

Carlsberg Group CEO Cees ’t Hart says: “Brewing is a historically male-dominated industry, and as a modern global company, we know that we have a significant responsibility to advance our commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment at Carlsberg. Not only because this is integral to Carlsberg’s purpose of brewing for a better today and tomorrow, but also because we know that actions that advance gender equity and empower women lead to a better business performance.”

DE&I is a global priority for the company under its Together Towards ZERO and Beyond programme and is embedded in its SAIL’27 strategy and owned by leadership. A key driver within this strategy is a commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equity.

Carlsberg Group CHRO Joris Huijsmans says: “We acknowledge that there is a lot of work still to be done to reach our diversity and inclusion ambitions – but we know that getting the gender balance right is our first, foundational step. This year we will recruit more diverse talent and focus on embedding inclusion and equity initiatives across the organisation. Ultimately, we pride ourselves on being Purpose-led and Performance driven in everything we do – and our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is our way of assuring we nurture the kind of culture that will deliver results and support our purpose.”

The company has shared its commitment to gender equity and women’s empowerment by instilling measurable targets to assure that women are equally represented in senior leadership levels. In line with its commitments to all human rights conventions as signatory of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to its 10 principles, including those on women’s empowerment and inclusion.


  • In 2022, Carlsberg launched its global Welcome You campaign, embedding its commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion across the company.
  • Carlsberg has installed timebound targets to increase women share in senior leadership, both through competitive recruitment and affective success planning.
  • By the end of 2024, the company will increase its share of women in senior leadership positions to 30%.
  • The company’s ambition is to reach at least 40% women share in senior leadership positions over time.

Read about Carlsberg’s Human Rights and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitments today.

Read about the WEPs here.


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