ISS Pacific has committed to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles at a signing ceremony attended by regional CEO, Stuart Rose.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles offer guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community by embracing seven core enterprise-wide policies:
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
- Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
- Promote education, training and professional development for women.
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
Pledging to follow the Principles represents a new milestone for the business in anticipation of a previously declared target of achieving at least 40 per cent gender balance in leadership roles by 2024, globally.
The new commitment additionally builds on ISS Group’s longstanding support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Rose comments: “I am pleased our business is in a position to make way for accelerated progress in this important initiative.”
“This is an exciting point in our cultural transformation and we welcome the opportunity to strive for excellence in gender equity. I challenge every employee to be a change agent as we embed the Women’s Empowerment Principles into our organisational DNA and ensure we move beyond aspiration to achievement.”
ISS Pacific’s new Commitment Statement can be viewed on the Women’s Empowerment Principles website at www.weps.org.