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Schneider Electric joins UN gender equality group

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HeForShe, a solidarity movement by UN Women in favour of gender equality, selected Schneider Electric, the global energy management and automation company, to join its IMPACT 10x10x10 pilot group.

This selection comes following the 2015 Leadership Award won by the company for its action in favour of gender equality, as part of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) from UN Women and the Global Compact, according to a Schneider statement on Wednesday.

HeForShe’s mission is to encourage men to support change in favour of diversity and women’s rights. The overall objective of HeForShe is to mobilise “a billion men by July 2015” to help communities around the world to design sustainable change programmes in favour of gender equality.

Extending the reach

HeForShe was launched on 20 September 2014 with an initial campaign targeting individuals. UN Women then accelerated the movement with a new initiative, the IMPACT 10x10x10. This project aims to involve 10 governments, 10 companies and 10 universities throughout the world in the movement with the aim of creating an initial pilot group.

Government officials, civil society organizations, along with universities and schools make real commitments to defend, measure and promote gender equality. IMPACT 10x10x10 also provides a basis to encourage new public and private organizations to become part of the HeForShe project.

The companies already members of the IMPACT 10x10x10 pilot group are: Accor Hotels, the Koç Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tupperware Brands, Unilever and most recently, Schneider Electric.

Committed to gender equality

As a member of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10, Schneider Electric’s commitments, by the end of 2017, are:

  • Increase the representation of women across the pipeline — 40% at entry of new managers and technicians (vs. 29% currently), and 35% increase in representation in key positions;
  • Implement a salary equity process worldwide, covering 85% of the Group’s workforce;
  • Involve Group leaders worldwide and create a governance body dedicated to this programme.

Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric said: “Our ambition is to become one of the most diverse company [sic]. At Schneider Electric, we value differences and offer equal opportunities to everyone, everywhere. Identifying, developing and attracting female talents is a business imperative and is high in our agenda for the coming years.

“We strongly believe we will make significant progress only if our male employees commit to becoming spokespersons of this transformation by advocating gender equality. Joining and promoting the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 programme is a great opportunity to accelerate our programme and contribute to society.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.