Íslandsbanki receives Gender Equality Award

08.06.2016

Íslandsbanki has received the Gender Equality Award for 2016. The adjudication panel’s findings were unanimous: that the Bank promotes gender equality in its internal and external environment.

The award is granted to the company that has contributed to equal opportunities for women and men in terms of professional advancement, pay, and representation in management positions, and has promoted heightened awareness of the benefits of gender equality for the company and the community at large.

The panel’s comments state that Íslandsbanki places strong emphasis on acquainting new employees and managers with its equality policy, so as to ensure that they are familiar with the Bank’s focus from the first day. The Bank also wishes to be a gender equality role model for other companies and participates in conferences and meetings dedicated to the topic. In addition, Íslandsbanki is a signatory of the UNWomen and UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles .

The panel’s findings also note that the Bank has enhanced interest in and promoted women in entrepreneurial positions by holding entrepreneurship seminars and a women’s entrepreneurship competition in cooperation with the Open University in Reykjavík and the Association of Women Business Leaders in Iceland (FKA). Íslandsbanki has also been a strong supporter of elite women athletes. Moreover, the Bank’s meetings on the topic of equal rights and young people, held in cooperation with the Association of Young Women Entrepreneurs [acb1] (UAK), were extremely well attended and drew considerable attention.

Íslandsbanki won the Gold Award in the PwC Equal Pay Assessment in 2015. The Bank emphasises well-being in the workplace and the flexibility to combine work and family life, and it encourages fathers as well as mothers to exercise their right to childbirth leave.

The Gender Equality Award has now been presented for the third time. Its objective is to draw positive attention to companies that prioritise equal rights and encourage other firms to do the same.

Birna Einarsdóttir, Chief Executive Officer:

“We are extremely proud to receive this award for our work in promoting gender equality. Íslandsbanki staff have worked systematically to promote equal rights in the workplace, and it is our belief that this objective should be a part of our company culture. We still see a gender-based pay gap in Iceland, which is unacceptable. We hope firms will join hands to do the work necessary to eliminate it[acb2] .”


 [acb1]Fann enga "official" þýðingu á UAK á netinu og bjó þetta til ...

 [acb2]ATH ísl hér: gæti verið að eitthvað vantar aftast í þessari setningu.

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