Ten of the world’s leading companies have released new workforce gender diversity figures in UN Women’s inaugural HeForShe Parity Report.
The findings were unveiled during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos at an IMPACT 10x10x10 event attended by the firm’s CEOs, alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson.
HeForShe launched the IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative at Davos in January 2015. Now one year later, we have built a cohort of dedicated gender equality leaders from ten of the world’s most prominent corporations – AccorHotels, Barclays, Koç Holding, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schneider Electric, Tupperware Brands, Twitter, Unilever and Vodafone. This global team of champions has committed to real change within and beyond their own institutions, on an ambitious timeline. The transparency displayed in the HeForShe Parity Report will provide an important tool to Corporate IMPACT Champions to measure commitments and inspire action from other employers.
The report figures show that a gap remains between the representation of women in the workforce and in leadership positions. Overall representation of women averaged 39.7% across the ten firms, while senior leadership roles held by women ranged from 11.0% to 33.0%. While this outperforms global averages, UN Women has set parity as the goal of its Planet 50-50 drive for gender equality, and the IMPACT commitments put forward by these firms reflect a variety of pathways to achieve it.