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The 30% Club Launches in the United States

Tue, Apr 29, 2014

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FROM THE 30% CLUB

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The 30% Club, a group of Chairs and CEOs committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions, announced its official launch in the United States today. Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., will serve as founding U.S. Chair. The organisation launches with 24 Founding Supporters.

The 30% Club will focus on improving representation of women at all levels of U.S. organisations, with a near-term focus on female representation in senior leadership. The Club first launched in the U.K. in 2010 with an aspirational goal of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by the end of 2015. There are now 92 members of the 30% Club in the UK and the FTSE-100 has moved from 12.5% women directors in 2010 to 20.8% as of March 2014, with the 30% Club as a driving force behind the change. Club Supporters in the UK have focused on creating better gender balance by targeting talent management practices, executive search firms, shareholders, schools and universities and others.

“Gender imbalance at senior levels is a global phenomenon, and so I’m thrilled to launch in the U.S. There is no better time to focus on developing a pipeline of female talent in U.S. organisations,” said Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of the 30% Club. “There are many excellent company efforts and networking groups addressing this issue, but we still need to do more to elevate the visible commitment of senior business leaders, who are mostly men. With Peter and our Founding Supporters, we have a fantastic group of senior U.S. leaders committed to real change in gender diversity.”

“This is a business issue as much as it is a diversity issue,” said Grauer. “Businesses do better when they avoid ‘group think’, and better gender balance is a key factor in business success.  That said, we have a lot more work to do in the U.S. to improve female representation, and senior business leaders have to drive that change. I’m looking forward to working with Helena and our great group of Founding Supporters to achieve a better gender balance in the workplace.”

The U.S. Founding Supporters include:

  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Co.
  • Wayne Berson, CEO, BDO USA & Global Chairman, BDO
  • Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
  • Dominic Casserley, CEO, Willis Group Holdings
  • William S. Demchak, Chairman, President & CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group
  • Irene Dorner, President & CEO, HSBC USA
  • Pat Fili-Krushel, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
  • Susan Gilchrist, Group CEO, Brunswick Group
  • Gerald Hassell, Chairman & CEO, BNY Mellon
  • Stephen R. Howe, Jr., Americas Managing Partner, EY
  • Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock
  • Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Lazard
  • Tom King, Co-CEO: Corporate & Investment Banking, Barclays
  • Ellen Kullman, Chair & CEO, DuPont
  • Bob Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner, PWC
  • Clarke Murphy, CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Sheila Penrose, Chairman, JLL and Co-Chairman, Corporate Leadership Center
  • Punit Renjen, Chairman, Deloitte
  • Michael Roth, Chairman & CEO, Interpublic Group
  • Conrado Tenaglia, Partner, Linklaters LLP
  • Kent Thiry, Chairman & CEO, DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc.
  • Sandy Thomas, Global Managing Partner, Reed Smith
  • “Tiger” Tyagarajan, President & CEO, Genpact
  • John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG and Chairman & CEO of KPMG in the U.S.

More information about the 30% Club can be found at www.30percentclub.org

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Women, Peace and Security – UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Women, Peace and Security 

 

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first of its kind to specifically address the unique impact of conflict on women, and women’s important contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Passed in 2000, it marked a watershed moment when the international community formally recognized the integral role of women and gender to peace and security. UNSCR 1325 has remained an essential tool for encouraging governments to fulfill their obligations to ensure women are included as agents for peace and security in all processes, and its framework has inspired further action by the UN and civil societies and governments around the world to mainstream gender into their work on conflict resolution.

 

Following UNSCR 1325, subsequent Security Council Resolutions further defined the importance of women’s roles in conflict and peacebuilding. Resolutions 1820, passed in 2008, and 1888, passed in 2009,  recognize sexual violence as an issue of international peace and security and reiterate the need for a comprehensive response to sexual and gender-based violence. In 2010, Resolution 1960 created specific steps needed for the prevention of sexual violence, and Resolution 2106 in 2013 looked specifically at accountability for crimes of sexual violence. The most recent resolution on women, peace and security, UNSCR 2122, aims to strengthen measures to improve the participation of women in all phases of conflict resolution and prevention.

 

UNSCR 1325 and successive Resolutions are an important show of international support that ensure women, peace and security are on the agenda for international organizations and governments across the globe, but there are many steps between the passage of such resolutions and their full implementation on the ground.  One tool that helps bridge this gap are National Action Plans(NAPs), written plans that specify how a country will mainstream gender, and the principles of 1325 into its defense, development and diplomatic activities. Over 36 countries in the world have drafted NAPs, and that number is growing every year.

 

In addition to government- and UN-level documents and programs, it is important to consider the work women do in more informal, Track II diplomatic and peace negotiations. Around the world, women are active as civil society leaders, and in many cases, such as Liberia, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, their grassroots work has played a major role in peace processes.

 

For more resources on women, peace and security, visit The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityPeaceWomenUSIP, and The Institute for Inclusive Security.

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