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Catalyst honours global initiatives expanding opportunities for women in business

Catalyst has announced that initiatives from Alcoa Inc, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever are the recipients of the 2013 Catalyst Award, the prestigious annual award honouring exceptional initiatives that expand opportunities for women and business.

Since 1987, Catalyst, a US based, non-profit membership organisation with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business, has recognised exceptional business initiatives that advance women in the workplace with the Catalyst Award, which embodies Catalyst’s vision of “Changing workplaces, Changing lives”.

“This year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives demonstrate that global gender diversity strategies at multinational corporations can be designed and implemented in ways that successfully meet the needs of local regions and businesses,” said Ilene H Lang, Catalyst president and CEO. “And they are all championed by male CEOs who understand the strong business case for including women in top leadership and have made women’s advancement an organisation-wide priority from day one.”

This year’s Award-winning global initiatives include:

  • • Alcoa Inc’s Building Opportunities for Women in a “Hard Hat” Company breaks down barriers in a male-dominated industry and achieves greater gender representation through an aggressive diversity agenda, with accountability tied to executive compensation and innovative talent management programs that Alcoa’s business units can customise to develop women supervisors and leaders in Alcoa’s refineries, smelters and factories worldwide.
  • • The Coca-Cola Company’s Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers of the 21st Century is a strategic, internal and external initiative focused on fuelling the advancement of women into leadership roles across the company’s organisation, and on economically empowering women entrepreneurs throughout the system value chain — accelerating women as dynamic leaders within the business and within communities across the globe.
  • • Unilever’s Global Reach With Local Roots: Creating a Gender-Balanced Workforce in Different Cultural Contexts accelerates the advancement of high-potential women across different regions by leveraging the company’s strong foundation of cultural diversity and multinational expertise to promote a culture of inclusion and by creating flexible “anytime, anywhere” work–life programs.

Source: Catalyst.

This article appeared in the US Intelliconnect HR Tracker on 25 January 2013.

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