Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Ronald J. Burke, Stacy Blake-Beard and Lynda L. Moore
In this chapter we aim to highlight examples of best practice in global organisations, which we hope are both instructive and inspirational to others who, in various settings, are concerned to advance the ‘gender agenda’. As a specialist diversity and inclusion (D & I) consultancy firm, we have worked for many years with global companies from across a range of sectors: pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, financial services, telecoms, retail, consumer goods, professional services, aerospace and engineering and information technology (IT).During this time it has been noticeable that the issue of fully developing and progressing women has been, and remains, extremely high on our clients’ agendas; we have yet to come across a global organisation which is fully satisfied that it is able to attract, retain, engage, develop, include and leverage the talents of women available in its chosen markets. It remains a huge strategic challenge therefore for the organisations concerned and ultimately for the societies of which they are a part. As we will try to illustrate here, some exemplary work is taking place, and there is welcome success on a number of fronts. But there is still more to be done before the corporate community as a whole, even as represented in the FTSE 100/Fortune 500 and equivalents across the world, can declare their ‘gender agenda’ ambitions fully realised.
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