Paris, 9 March 2018 —Building on previous work on gender equality, Business at OECD (BIAC) hosted a seminar today to explore how stakeholders can overcome unconscious bias, bringing together OECD governments, senior management, and industry representatives. “We need more determination, open minds and practical steps to employ the great potential of women for more inclusive and productive economies”, said Bernhard Welschke, Business at OECD (BIAC) Secretary General. “Business at OECD engages with our business communities in all OECD countries towards that goal.”
The event marked the launch of a new Business at OECD (BIAC) report “Preparing All our Minds for Work: Girls, women, and learning over a lifetime”, which identifies business actions and public policy recommendations focusing on efforts in the technology sector. The report points to the importance of STEM education to advance successful careers of both women and men, and offers insights to address cultural, societal and institutional barriers to gender equality.
Offering examples of current business initiatives, the meeting also featured a presentation by DELL on the MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) initiative, which aims to identify unconscious bias in the workplace and promote a more collaborative leadership style.
The report on gender equality and skills is the fourth in a series of reports, and provides case studies from Business at OECD global members that recognize the links between gender equality and economic prosperity, productivity, and competitiveness. Business at OECD’s work on gender can be found here:download (pdf)