Renault has the highest percentage of women senior managers in the global automotive industry, according to company data released at the Women's Forum in Deauville, France.
The forum, which is an annual gathering of international leaders who aim to level the playing field for women in industry, academia, and politics, heard last week that three out of 10 members of Renault's executive committee are women -- the highest percentage of women at the senior executive management level in the global automotive industry.
Equally, 17 percent of managerial posts at the carmaker are held by women. Overall, women comprise 17 percent of the French automaker's work force, a rise of 7 percent since 1999.
Renault executives at the forum said that the carmaker has set a number of targets for increasing the number of women in the company, including having women fill 20 percent of upper management positions globally by 2013 and ensuring one out of three candidates in all managerial succession plans is a woman.
The carmaker has also set an annual objective to have women account for 30 percent of all new engineering and technical positions, as well as 50 percent of all new sales jobs.
At Renault's alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co., women account for 10 percent of global manager-level positions, a rise of 3 percent in three years, and a figure Nissan hopes to grow to 14 percent in the next six years. Overall, 11 percent of the company's work force is female.
In Japan, women fill 6 percent of the automaker's managerial positions, double the national average, according to figures from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.