KMG International employee community includes mostly Romanian employees (66%), given the Group’s extensive operations here, but also Georgians, Moldovans, Kazakhs and Bulgarians, among others, a reflection of our commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.
In an effort to stay competitive and up-to-date in an ever-changing market, KMG International developed training courses and gives attention to offering and implementing these specially developed programs for its staff. We provide people with the opportunity to develop their professional and personal skills in order to create a working environment where everyone has the opportunity to learn, develop and contribute. It is a fact that 100% employees were included in performance and career programs.
We are committed to providing a respectful, inclusive workplace free from harassment, discrimination, violence and intimidation. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. Moreover, we embrace diversity and equal opportunity as a mean to access a broader talent pool and foster innovation.
In being true to our commitment to provide opportunities for female employees to build a successful career within KMG International, we continued to support the improvement of gender diversity within our operations. The Romanian operations of the Group, which entail the majority of the Group’s workforce, are carried out by 40% female employees.
Furthermore, our pledge is to continue to improve gender diversity within our global operations and, in that respect, we are making every effort to attract qualified female employees across all areas and functions of our business. In 2017, 25% of new hires were female, while in Kazakhstan and Romania the percentages rose above the Group median, to 41% and 35% respectively.
We consider our employees to be the heart and soul of our organization. Therefore, we strive to create a safe working environment and to provide workshops and trainings in order to develop their skills and help them fulfill their potential.