Valentina Zarya writes, "Gender equality is men’s problem, too.
That’s the point driven home by the United Nations HeForShe Corporate Parity Report, released Friday at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland. The report looks at the state of gender equality within ten major, male-led companies—including Twitter, Barclays, and Unilever—and challenges them to achieve a lofty goal: Full parity by 2020.
The HeForShe campaign, which is a global initiative to engage men and boys in the fight for gender equality, is partnering with a male executive from each of the ten companies to serve as a public “champion” for the movement.
The 10 men are all top-level leaders at major corporations and include: AccorHotels chair and CEO Sebastien Bazin, Barclays CEO Jes Staley, McKinsey & Company global MD Dominic Barton, PricewaterhouseCoopers chair Dennis Nally,Schneider Electric chair and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire,Tupperware Brands chair and CEO Rick Goings, Twitter (TWTR 0.34%) COO Adam Bain, Unilever (UN 2.11%) CEO Paul Polman, Vodafone Group (VOD 3.78%) CEO Vittorio Colao, and Koc Holding chair Mustafa Koc. [Editor’s Note: Mustafa Koc died on Thursday at age 55.]
'These are significant companies with global footprints,' says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary general of the UN and executive director of UN Women. By going public with their commitment to gender parity at Davos—a gathering of some of the most powerful business leaders in the world—the executives hope to convince more of their peers to join in, she says."