Today, on International Women’s day, Vattenfall’s focus is on women who support women. In this video colleagues from all parts of the organisation share their story.
This International Women’s Day, 8 March, Vattenfall is taking the opportunity to recognise women who encourage, guide and inspire other women. In the video below, eight women tell their story of the women who have supported them, both privately and professionally.
With the appointment of Vattenfall’s first female President and CEO one could think that women have gained true equality in Vattenfall. While it is a significant step, we still have a long way to go to achieve full gender equality.
“The fact is that women are still under-represented in many parts of the business, and in many roles. There is plenty of research that shows that greater diversity and inclusion has significant benefits for us as an organisation, resulting in stronger performance” says Torbjörn Wahlborg, Vattenfall’s Diversity & Inclusion Officer in the Executive Group Management and Head of BA Generation.
The recent Executive Group Management (EGM) appointments bring the representation of women in the EGM to 60 percent.
“We are entering new times, setting a new precedent and I hope it will encourage women to support each other to step into a management position. Women are important role models for other women and by increasing the number of female managers we can also attract women to the industry, which gives us much greater access to talented people” says Torbjörn Wahlborg.
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“We all have a role to play in creating greater diversity and inclusion. The stories from our colleagues is a reminder of how valuable and empowering that is” says Torbjörn Wahlborg.
Women supporting women
A Harvard Business Review study shows that while both men and women benefit from having a network of well-connected peers, women who also have an inner circle of close female contacts are more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay.
According to the research women face cultural and systemic hurdles, such as unconscious bias, that make it harder to advance. The study also suggests that some of these hurdles can be overcome by forming close connections with women who can share their experiences —from how to ask for what you’re worth to how to leverage your unique talents.
Vattenfall works to drive diversity and inclusion by:
- Reinforcing our Principles, working to create a culture that is open to new and different, actively enforcing equal opportunities for all, positively reinforcing the value of diversity and inclusion and providing a safe and secure workplace for all, regardless of who we are.
- Thinking more broadly and driving all dimensions of diversity. International Women’s Day and our KPI of female manager hires shows that what’s measured gets done.
- Inviting everyone to participate but ensuring that our managers lead the way. D&I in the business planning, a self-assessment (late March), Labs for employees to address unconscious bias, the Leadership Toolbox to practice behavioural change and follow up in My Opinion are how we make it happen.