Novanta has developed a framework for cohesive teams, which must be diverse and inclusive, based on trust, commitment, and accountability. We expect our teams to respect our core values and to conduct themselves ethically at all times. Consistent with our Code of Ethics, we are committed to equal opportunities and fair and equitable treatment of all employees regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, migration background, country of origin, or other dimensions of diversity. In 2020, we launched our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative.
While early on our DEI journey, we are already seeing improvements with gender diversity in the makeup of our leadership teams. At the end of 2020, the proportion of men and women in the workforce was 65% to 35%, which means an unchanged value compared to the end of 2019. The proportion of women in leadership positions increased to 25% — an increase of 1.0% compared to 2019.