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    Engendering Industries' Unique Approach

    When women serve as leaders and employees, businesses benefit, and company performance improves. Since its inception in 2015, Engendering Industries has honed an innovative approach to advancing workforce gender equality using global best practices. Using this approach, Engendering Industries has increased gender equality and economic security for women, and improved business performance in male-dominated industries worldwide. 

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    The Business Case for Gender Equality

    Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations help build strong, resilient economies. Learn more about the business case for gender equality

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Strong Companies Build Strong Economies

Resilient, reliable, and commercially viable companies fuel economic growth, bolster economies, catalyze social development, create an enabling environment for private investment, and reduce the need for burdensome government subsidies. Companies that harness the talents of both men and women perform better across a range of business performance metrics

Women Represent Half of the World’s Employment Potential

Women are underrepresented in the global workforce at all levels and are often excluded from formal employment opportunities. This is not simply an issue of fairness, it’s a missed economic opportunity. Using our Best Practices Framework for advancing gender equality, Engendering Industries works with our partner organizations to better understand gender gaps and design interventions in outreach, recruitment, mentorship, leadership, and professional development can help overcome these barriers.

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Leveraging Female Talent Unlocks Innovation and Productivity

When women serve as leaders and employees of companies—including those in traditionally male-dominated industries—businesses benefit and performance improves. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that companies with greater gender diversity outperform their peers and benefit from higher employee satisfaction rates. An Ernst and Young study found that the top 20 most gender diverse power utilities significantly outperformed the bottom 20, in terms of return on equity.

Women also bring different perspectives to the difficult issues facing today’s corporations. Diversity of thought can result in better decision making and lead to more creative and innovative solutions. A UC Berkeley study found that companies with more women on their board of directors are more likely to be proactive in improving energy efficiency, lowering company costs, and to invest in renewable power generation.

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