According to the study “Women in the Workplace 2016” conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co., even though 70 percent of companies say they are committed to gender diversity, women remain underrepresented at every level in the pipeline of corporate America. This issue remains particularly pervasive in green economy industries around the world–including manufacturing, construction, engineering, energy, and financial services–which see only between nine and 24 percent of female workforce representation. Yet according to Catalyst, companies with more women on boards have better financial results than those with fewer women, while IMF studies show that raising the number of women in the workforce to male levels could increase GDP by between five and 16 percent. To fully unlock the potential of the growing green economy and drive sustainable economic growth, companies around the globe need to translate diversity commitments into truly inclusive practices by providing women equal opportunity to advance into senior leadership positions.
In this session, the CGI community will focus on solutions that drive women’s promotion and advancement in green industries, including: sponsorship, mentorship, and training programs; diversity benchmarking; and professional development support. Attendees will have the opportunity to:
• Discuss key challenges that prevent women from advancing in the green economy;
• Highlight best practices to address these barriers; and
• Explore possible collaborations that scale existing best practices or build new solutions.