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Progressive companies celebrate IWD

 March 04, 2018

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Around the world, companies celebrated International Women's Day as they joined the global call to #PressforProgress back in 2018 to take action to help accelerate women's equality.

EY celebrated International Women's Day and commitstedto #PressforProgress

Mark A. Weinberger, EY, Global Chairman & CEO says "All of us need to continue to #PressForProgress. This International Women’s Day, let’s all celebrate the progress made, but let’s also recognize there is a lot more to do. We all have a responsibility to effect change in the places we live and work."

Vodafone was already on an ambitious journey

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao says "In society at large, and in the workplace, Vodafone remains committed to addressing these challenges through innovative thinking and a strong executive commitment. Vodafone is already on an ambitious journey to be one of the world’s best employers for women by 2025. Our pioneering global maternity policy and ReConnect recruitment programme to bring women back into the workplace after a career break are already making a real difference to the women who work for us. I hope that our progress inspires others to take similar bold strides."

Caterpillar is lead by strong leadership for equality

Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby, says "I am proud to join with our worldwide network of dealers, suppliers and customers to celebrate International Women’s Day, and celebrate women’s contributions to Caterpillar. Let’s continue to press for progress and build a better world, together."

AECOM embraces tangible action as they supported a #PressforProgress

AECOM CEO, Mike S. Burke, says "AECOM makes it a priority to foster an environment that empowers our people to thrive. This includes embracing inclusion and diversity, and developing leaders who support and champion equal opportunity and equal representation. Pressing for progress on gender parity is a major part of our commitment at AECOM."

F5 CEO pressed for progress on diversity and inclusion

F5 Networks, President & CEO, François Locoh-Donou, says that "talent knows no barriers of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or religion. Over the last twenty years, I have observed the richness and power of a diversity of perspectives in teams, and ultimately, the performance an organization can attain when diverse perspectives participate in decision-making."

BD committed to supporting women around the world

Vincent A. Forlenza, BD, Chairman and CEO, says "we believe that becoming a more gender inclusive and diverse company is extremely important to achieving our vision of driving innovation, better understanding patient and customer needs and making BD the best possible place for talented women to work."

Amazon continued to value diversity of thought

Georgina Yellowlees, Amazon Operations EU Director, Talent Acquisition says "in order innovate on behalf of our millions of customers we value diversity of thought. We bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of view to decisions and inventing on behalf of our customers. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, culture, education, as well as professional and life experiences."

Diageo shared its commitment to #PressforProgress

Diageo International Women's Day

Interestingly, Diageo sees further International Women's Day support. Diageo's popular Johnnie Walker is rolling out a female version of its iconic logo, an attempt to draw more women to the world’s best-selling scotch and acknowledge a broader push toward gender equality. A limited U.S. edition of the whisky has a striding woman on the label rather than the traditional top-hatted man. The spirit carries the name of "Jane Walker". Johnnie Walker is donating $1 from each bottle produced to two women’s causes - for a total of $250,000 to the Monumental Women nonprofit, to erect a statue of suffragettes in Central Park, and to the She Should Run organization, to boost women seeking election to public office.

Diageo, based in London, also is looking to increase female representation internally. Its board will be 50 percent women in April and the company also is calling on advertising agencies to put forward at least one female director as part of any work pitch. Diageo is committed to forging a diverse and inclusive workplace and has many impressive women enjoying thriving careers with the company.

Many companies are keen to forge greater equality for women

Read how the CEOs of companies are showing their support for helping to accelerate gender parity. CEO's from progressive companies like F5, AECOM and more leading the conversations on how companies can forge a more inclusive world for women.

How is your employer showing their commitment to supporting women's careers and also supporting women in the communities they serve?


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