As part of its Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2030, ABB is working to double the percentage of women managers across its offices, globally, in the next ten years. Presently, 12.5 per cent of senior manager roles are occupied by women at ABB. However, the global technology company aims to double this figure to 25 per cent, as part of its diversity and inclusion (D&I) agenda.
Committing to encourage and promote inclusion and equality in terms of diversity, gender, abilities, generations, ethnicity and LGBTQ+, ABB will provide its employees with training on inclusive leadership and also offer programmes on development, mentoring and learning interventions to ensure an inclusive culture.
Bjorn Rosengren, CEO, ABB, feels that “ this is the right thing to do” and is a “means to further improve our business performance, as diversity becomes increasingly important for both internal and external talents, customers, as well as investors.”
ABB is one of the over 50 leading European companies in the industrial and technology space to have recently reaffirmed their commitment to D&I across Europe, as part of #EmbraceDifference. The Campaign is led by the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), and is aimed at creating an environment suitable for the promotion of D&I in the workplace.
The Company has signed the Standards of Conduct for Business, Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People, put forth by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Standards suggest five concrete steps that companies should take to align their policies and practices with international standards on human rights of LGBTI people. By signing the same, ABB has accepted to follow these and ensure that its suppliers do so too, impacting the agenda in over 100 countries it operates in.
The Company has also tied up with Stonewall, the largest LGBT rights organisation in Europe, to help develop a roadmap on LGBTQ+ for employees.