• AmCham/BIAC Workshop | The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment

    February 02 2012, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: OECD Conference Centre: 2 rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris

    The American Chamber of Commerce in France and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) jointly organized a workshop on Women’s Economic Empowerment at the OECD Conference Center on February 2nd in the effort to seek new means of energizing growth and stimulating job creation. Over 100 attendees from business including, Accenture, Sodexo, Renault, and UBS Investment Bank were present at the workshop. These companies used examples of case studies and their own talent management strategies and successes to demonstrate what steps can be taken to “Plug the Leaking Pipeline”.

    The first session of the workshop moderated by Ms. Marina Niforos, the American Chamber of Commerce in France Managing Director. Ms. Niforos stated that, “Company experiences show that CEO engagement matters, but it is not enough. Top leadership matters but it is also not enough. Targeted programmes to promote women internally are important but, alone, are not enough. One success factor address alone is not effective to advance women’s economic empowerment. What is needed is more diversity of tools that act on several levels and greater flexibility to use them in order to have a change in mind-set.”

    The workshop was Chaired by BIAC Chairman Charles Heeter who stated, “We are fortunate to live at a time when technology, the internet and mobility enable information sharing, communications and resource allocation that can help advance gender equality… despite this positive environment and past efforts over decades to advance economic empowerment of women, progress has been slow”.

    U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh in her opening remarks stated that: “By focusing on ‘the how, not the why’ for creating economic opportunity for women, BIAC’s business workshop has greatly assisted the United States and other OECD member countries in our efforts to show that countries can increase equity and growth by harnessing women’s talents, innovation, and leadership,” U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme thanked both BIAC and AmCham France for the initiative of organizing the workshop.

    The results of the joint workshop will feed the ongoing work of the OECD Gender Initiative and will be discussed among Ministers at the Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2012.

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