Industry campaign to improve women’s retention and progression
The Ten Steps is an ambitious, industry-led campaign to ensure that women in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing have the same opportunities to progress in their career as their male counterparts. Unique in its focus on sectors where women are still very much in a minority. It has been signed by business leaders with a significant workforce in the UK.
Taken together, these actions represent a step-change for the sector. Some companies will already be doing some of what is on the list; few if any are doing all. The actions have all been identified for their potential to drive company performance; they are more than simply ‘good management practice’.
Commitment from those at the top is critical. This is not a women’s issue or a diversity issue – it is a business imperative. Having high profile companies on board is a great start – we are looking for others to follow their lead.
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WISE CXO Breakfast meeting - Gender balance
On 12 June 2017, WISE and EY hosted an Executive level breakfast on Gender balance to reaffirm commitment, and share good practice between executives in large corporate organisations.
Trudy Norris-Grey, WISE’s Chair opened the discussion, while Steve Varley, Chairman and Managing Partner of EY, shared his insights on setting the “tone at the top”, and the path that EY took to increase the proportion of women partners. Chris Stylianou, COO of Sky, presented Sky’s initiatives to support women’s success and path to the top.
The Ten Steps framework supports companies in addressing gender imbalance. Following the event, WISE mapped the tools and initiatives discussed in the meeting against this framework to allow its members to learn from other experiences.
The breakfast meeting discussion ended with participants agreeing to work together with WISE towards gender balance within their organisations and encourage others to play their part.