Market research firm Statista & Forbes magazine has released its highly anticipated ranking of the world’s best companies for women in 2023. This comprehensive list highlights businesses committed to women’s empowerment, offering flexible work schedules, robust parental leave options, and impactful skill development initiatives.
Topping the list is Marks & Spencer, making history as the first fashion industry company to secure a coveted spot in this prestigious ranking. The British retail chain’s unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and empowering workplace has set a new standard in the industry.
Hot on the heels of Marks & Spencer is the Swedish fashion giant, H&M, employing an impressive 106,522 people. Ranking sixth globally with over 72,000 employees, H&M’s dedication to gender equality and workplace flexibility has earned it a well-deserved position in Forbes’ elite list.
Other notable entries include Intersport at eighth place, Adidas at tenth, and the PHV group at twenty-seventh. Zalando secures the 35th position, showcasing the diverse range of industries represented in Forbes’ comprehensive ranking.
Surprisingly, luxury fashion house Chanel lags behind, claiming the 65th spot, followed closely by Gap. The first luxury company to make a significant mark is the renowned French brand owned by the Wertheimer brothers. Hermès, another illustrious French luxury brand, secures the 81st position.
The extensive research conducted for this ranking involved polling nearly 70,000 women employed by multinational corporations across 37 countries. Participants evaluated companies based on general workplace practices and gender-related issues, including pay equity, handling of discrimination cases, and equal opportunities for promotion. Additionally, respondents were asked if they would recommend their employers to friends or family.
Forbes’ 2023 ranking not only applauds companies for their dedication to women’s advancement but also serves as a valuable resource for those aspiring to create more inclusive and equitable workplaces globally.