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Liz Benison CEO UK & Ireland and Jacob Aarup-Andersen, Group CEO of ISS World Services A/S

ISS UK & Ireland signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

ISS has signed the CEO statement for the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.

The move supports the company’s ongoing commitment to people and society and its dedicated target of at least 40 per cent gender balance at corporate leadership level by 2025.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles offering guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Jointly established by UN Women and UN Global Compact, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

ISS is committed to launch specific initiatives to empower women, for instance job grading-systems to ensure equal pay for equal job, diversity and inclusion-focused mentoring programme and initiatives to influence gender equality in the supply chain.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles:

  1.  Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

Jacob Aarup-Andersen, Group CEO of ISS World Services A/S, said: “I am very pleased to endorse this important initiative. Gender inequality is one of the largest human rights issues facing the world today, with huge economic and social consequences for all of society. As a company with almost 400,000 employees around the world, ISS has a responsibility to ensure that all genders are treated equally and fairly. We are not there yet – women make up 50 per cent of our frontline placemakers, however, they only represent 25 per cent of our senior leaders in both the Executive Group Management and country leadership teams.

“We are strongly committed to changing that, and I am happy to see that we are moving in the right direction on this agenda: Over the last 12 months we have moved from 3 per cent of our revenue being managed by female country managers to now 35 per cent. I am convinced that the advancement of women in every function and at every level of our organisation will also lead to greater innovation, improved organisational performance, and better service to our customers.”

Liz Benison, CEO of ISS UK and Ireland said:“We are honoured to sign the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), to promote the importance of equality in the workplace. ISS is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone and I am deeply excited to empower women across our organisation to reach for the sky.”

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