Today is International Women’s Day (IWD).
Why is there an IWD? Why does it matter and what about the men? There is an International Men’s Day on 19 November so to all the many wonderful men in our Arjo team, I won’t forget...
But let’s go back to today. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s at a time when Women did not have the vote and far fewer rights than they enjoy today. The reason we still observe this day is simple: the original aim – to achieve full gender equality for women across the world – has still not been realised. A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics. Figures show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men.
At Arjo UK and Ireland, we pride ourselves on our diversity with many wonderful women in varied roles across our organisation. We would like to see more service engineers and rental technicians, and we are working on this. At a management level, across many of our functions, we have good representation of women. The Senior Leadership Team has a most representative split of leaders with Sarah, Sally, Fay, Lucy and myself making up that number. As part of our Development Programmes, we have identified many female talents whom we will invest in to help further their careers in Arjo.
Last year, we published our Gender Pay Gap details for the first time in line with UK legislation. Whilst we still have work to do, I am satisfied that we have a fair and balanced approach to pay and reward in Arjo UK and Ireland that is role based and not gender specific. Below is a photo of just a few of the amazing ladies in Houghton Regis today.
To all of our Arjo ladies, thank you for the great job you do every day.
Arjo President UK & Ireland