Gender equality and the industrial world
In recent years, campaigns have increased to raise awareness among companies on the issue of gender equality in the workplace. Numerous inquiries and polls have confirmed the widespread reality of the pay gap between men and women. But they have also shown that companies, with higher percentages of women in leadership roles, achieve better performance in terms of workplace safety, innovation and sustainability. Promoting the presence of women in areas considered predominantly masculine, brings clear advantages and makes the company more competitive on the market.
It is estimated that only 18% of senior positions in the world are held by women. The reality of the work remains sceptical of conferring these roles to women. How can we support gender equality in companies and lead women to top positions?
Gender equality will be certified in the workplace
In a survey sponsored by Covestro, 50% of people indicated that full gender equality will be achieved in 50 years. But can companies and society wait that long? If it is true that sustainability and inclusion, innovation and equality go hand in hand, can we expect to reach such important goals only long after the middle of this century?
The need to support and promote women throughout their career is taking root in the corporate world. However, despite this awareness, it is not possible to make effective gender equality concrete.
Sucheta Govil herself, Covestro's Chief Commercial Officer, says that there is a need to takes concrete actions and commitments from companies to increase female power in the world of work. We cannot rely on the goodwill of companies, but we must implement binding and incentive initiatives.
In Italy, following the EU indications, the PNRR plan (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) provides a 10 million euro fund to reduce the gap between women and men at work. The proposal is to reward and certify companies that will apply the principles of equal pay between men and women and will implement a series of policies that favour access to work and the hiring of executive positions for women.
At the international level, the guidelines have been defined by the UN and are promoted by the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).