Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to achieve this is by making gender equality a priority for the company.
Removing organisational and cultural barriers that prevent women from realizing their potential is more than just an ethical obligation. It’s sensible and should be a strategic goal for any company.
There’s a lot at stake and a lot to be done. The latest World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report shows that, despite positive changes in many parts of the world, there are still major disparities between men and women in education, economic participation, and empowerment. In order to close those gaps and accelerate progress to end gender inequality, companies must do their part.
Schneider Electric is already a highly diverse organization with more than 50,000 women among our ranks. We understand that our performance as a team depends on the engagement and well-being of all our employees. That’s why we try to ensure everyone has equal access to resources, rewards, and opportunities.
I am proud that Schneider Electric has been selected as one of the IMPACT 10X10X10 Corporate Champions – a part of the HeForShe movement led by UN Women. Through this initiative we have committed to increase the representation of women in our company and to introduce a worldwide salary equity process.
Finally, gender equality is and will be on my personal agenda. It is my commitment as CEO to engage leaders and employees across our organisation to take action for diversity and inclusion.
I also encourage all men, inside and outside of Schneider Electric, to join the HeForShe campaign today and start making a difference for gender equality and women’s empowerment.