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“The quota is nothing else but a target for companies – and the target is to become better”

Interview with Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of DB Cargo AG and Group Board Member of Deutsche Bahn AG with responsibility for freight transport

“The quota is nothing else but a target for companies – and the target is to become better”
Issue/Year (Volume) 4/2021 (50)
Pages 8-10
Language English

Young women tend to achieve better school qualifications than young men, but often fail to exploit this educational advantage in their professional careers. The average income of women is lower than that of their male colleagues, even though the same tasks are sometimes performed. Women are also significantly less likely to be represented in executive level positions at German companies. Can quotas and fast-tracking help to compensate for such inequalities in the employment system? Dr. Sigrid Nikutta is one of the few women who has made it to the top of a global company group. In this interview, she talks about her own journey and reveals what drives her. She also clearly sets out what she would recommend young women to do and explains how she is approaching the present challenges as CEO of DB Cargo and how she is seeking to tackle the issues of climate protection and diversity.