Sunday , October 17 2021

Transforming invisible barriers into equity

Percentage of women in leadership positions rose by 1%

There are those today who affirm that the barriers in terms of equity and inclusion have disappeared. An ideal from which we are still far away, because disinformation continues and, even more serious, there are still big gaps to be closed at all levels.

While today there are more women who hold leadership positions in companies, the figure it is still short. According to Aequales, a company that performs consultancy to transform organizations through gender equity and diversity, the percentage of women in leadership positions has only increased 1% in the last year and has not increased more than 8% in the last 13 years.

I could continue to give examples of alarming figures in this regard. According to a study conducted by the IDB, 63% of Latin American companies do not have women in their management positions and 73% do not even have female representatives in senior management.

These are alarming evidences that put the gender equity as one of the great challenges of modern societies: from the reduction of the wage gap, to the creation of inclusive spaces designed with all the people in mind, no detail is irrelevant. And this is not an exclusive process of the governments or the educational institutions, there the private company has a fundamental role as manager of the change.

From Pfizer we have understood our role and actively we are committed to the transformations and evolutions necessary for achieve true parity in the workplace. This year we celebrated 65 years in Colombia, with a history full of satisfaction and an unwavering commitment to the country.

We believe that diversity brings a great competitive advantage, we bet on equity and that is why we are proud to have a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a Women's Council, which work to generate a greater impact among colleagues and thus maintain an atmosphere of respect.

We are convinced that companies that have women in leadership positions are not only more profitable, as highlighted in their Catalyst research, but also they are more innovative, thanks to the diversity of perspectives.

That's why today, for our pride, female representation in the company is the majority: more than half of the colleagues are women and 63% of the senior management team is composed of them. This number contrasts significantly with the findings of Aequales in Colombia, which show how in the country only 12% of companies have women in leadership positions.

This work allowed us to be the company recognized for the second year as # 1 in the gender equity ranking of Aequales. Beyond the award, these are actions that impel us to continue breaking those invisible barriers that women face.

We have been witnesses, throughout our 65-year history in Colombia, of the importance of finding a gender balance within organizations. Understanding that organizational changes are achieved only if men and women work hand in hand, contributing different positions and perspectives, and we will continue to do so thanks to a clear commitment to continue contributing to the country the best of our talent and our innovation.

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