Celebrating International Women's Day
Employees from around the Imperial Brands business are taking part in a series of online activities today to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).
The event aims to highlight the significant benefits of gender balance to society and to the business and – in light of this year’s IWD theme of #choosetochallenge – promote the acts we can take as individuals to call out gender bias.
The programme of events been arranged by a group of employees from various parts of the Imperial business, and builds on a range of country-specific activities held in recent years.
Attendees will hear presentations and stories from senior female leaders in the business, including Chief People & Culture Officer Alison Clarke, and a number of external speakers. Among the attendees will be Imperial Brands Chair, Therese Esperdy, and Chief Executive Stefan Bomhard, who will make an opening address.
Stefan will tell employees: "This year the theme of International Women’s Day is ‘Choose To Challenge‘. This is the culture we want to build at Imperial: a culture of individuals that think for themselves and bring their best game every day because they feel they belong and are included.
"We are building a company with a challenger mindset and that means having a diverse population of employees who are open to change and new ideas."
As a business, we are committed to increasing female representation with senior management roles to 30 per cent by 2023. Last year we conducted a global diversity and inclusion study and the results will help shape our new culture and ways of working in support of our new strategy.