8 July 2015, London - The 30% Club, alongside key supporters from business, government, media, and the Davies Steering Committee convened on Monday to celebrate the significant progress that has been made in gender diversity across the UK and abroad. The event, which was hosted by Deloitte and themed ‘Everyday inclusion’ marked the 30% Club’s fifth anniversary, and saw members update on their key achievements and plans for the future, as the UK verges on reaching the 25% women on board target recommended by Lord Davies.
With an agenda which included presentations on diversity at schools, higher education, flexible hiring, workplace inclusion and women in the media, the variety of speakers demonstrated how the 30% Club is bringing cohesion from schoolroom to boardroom and impacting positive change at every stage of women’s lives and careers.
There is also real momentum at an international level. In June, the 30 Percent Club in the US celebrated its one year anniversary with the support of Chairmen Larry Fink and Warren Buffet, new clubs have been set up in Hong Kong, Ireland, Southern Africa, East Africa, Australia Malaysia and the GCC, and there are further launches planned in Canada, and Italy.
Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club said: “Scarce representation of women at senior levels is a global phenomenon and an issue which needs to be addressed. As we move into the next stage of the campaign, we will continue to focus on our pipeline initiatives which nurture even more female talent as well as expanding our reach.”
The 30% Club continues to develop a continuum of change from schoolroom to boardroom and across public, private and education sectors. In addition to developing mutually beneficial relationships between universities and businesses, the Club continues to grow its business school partnerships, and now offers a range of women’s scholarships at Judge, Henley, Imperial College, the Irish Management Institute, London Business School, SAID and Queen’s School of Business in Canada.
At Monday’s event, Rachel Short and Pavita Cooper, who lead the 30% Club’s ‘Balancing the Pyramid’ initiative, showcased an upcoming piece of research entitled ‘Everyday Inclusion’ which gathers examples of positive organisational change and will provide a tool by which companies and individuals can share their best practice examples of diversity implementation. At the event, a number of organisations seen to be leading the way in ‘everyday inclusion’ were presented with awards and welcomed on a panel to discuss their experiences.
Other recent milestones for the Club include the launch of the Technology Working Group, which is already making great headway in showcasing the value women in tech, as well as the Women for Media UK database aimed at improving female representation in the media by connecting journalists to senior women leaders.
The 30% Club’s annual meeting was also attended by Caroline Dinenage, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice. She said: “It was a pleasure to join the 30% Club to celebrate the successes that we are making in gender diversity not just in the UK, but around the world. I was delighted to hear about the successes but I am not complacent and know that there is much more work to be done.
“From my personal experience of working in business, there is a lot that we can do to support women in all industries and levels of management, and I look forward to seeing more equality for women and the growing success of the 30% Club.”
Helena Morrissey, who founded the 30% Club, noted the significant progress that has been made since the launch five years ago: “As we get closer to reaching our initial goal the key is to ensure this is sustainable, meaningful change at every organisational level and throughout society. It’s now much more than just about getting a few women on boards, it’s about changing culture in the long run, and creating a positive environment for women to succeed.”
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