New coalition to push diversity into senior ranks of industry

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Eight leading industry CEOs have formed a new grouping to spearhead vital efforts to improve the energy sector’s gender diversity and inclusion performance.

The Energy Leaders’ Coalition, consisting of the heads of ScottishPower, Good Energy, National Grid, SSE, EDF Energy, Ørsted UK, innogy Renewables UK and Shell UK, was announced as part of POWERful Women’s first annual conference, held in May in Westminster. The participants have publicly pledged to drive up the number of women at senior levels and middle management in their companies and in UK energy industry as a whole. 

Business Secretary Greg Clark MP welcomed the new coalition, saying ‘If companies fail to have diversity at the top of their business they are missing out on the full talent available to them.’

‘While some energy companies have made progress to improve diversity in the boardroom, we need all companies in this sector to step up. Foresighted initiatives like this new coalition will break down barriers and help ensure that women are not held back and are given equal opportunities in the workplace.’

Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, similarly told the conference, ‘There is no way we can succeed with the immense challenges we face if we don’t have the best minds available’.

The POWERful Women initiative seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK’s energy sector. The first annual conference provided the opportunity for delegates to learn more about how the sector plans to increase the number of women in middle management and senior roles, as well good practice advice from diversity and inclusion professionals. 

More details about the Energy Leaders Coalition can be found at: bit.ly/2GFpEDD   

The conference also saw the launch of a new report - ‘Sparking Action’ - which explores how the UK’s gender pay gap legislation has given companies in the energy sector a fresh impetus for change. The report was published by Korn Ferry and POWERful Women and was launched by Dési Kimmins, Associate Partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group. Read the report at: bit.ly/2IOTEPo   

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