Bollsta sawmill won this year's Equality Prize 2018. The prize is awarded by Kramfors kommun in Sweden to a company in the municipality that actively worked for gender equality during the year.

Three companies were selected for the final field: Bollsta sawmill, Byberg & Nordin and Elpress. The sawmill received the award because they clearly demonstrated that gender equality is a natural issue in everyday life. Through studies on workplace culture and employee surveys, they have created a basis for improving gender equality and setting clear goals and activities that support the goals.

- We had the goal of having 30 percent female holiday vacancies this year, a goal we almost achieved. Next year we will raise the bar further and will have 50 percent female holiday vacancies, ”says Johan Olofsson, Sawmill Manager at Bollsta Sawmill

The sawmill began working towards an equal workplace in 2016 when, together with Luleå University of Technology, they developed a plan for how they would get there, what activities they would carry out and in what order they would be carried out.

- For example, we visited schools to present what we do and how it appearce at a sawmill. We also have a continuous dialogue with the Public Employment Service on how to recruit more women. In February, we will organize a theme evening together with the Public Employment Service, where we will talk about how it is to work with us, says Johan Olofsson.