In efforts to achieve gender equality on a global scale, the United Nations issued a report, revealing that according to 2019’s data, fewer companies had been setting goals and targets to achieve equality, while even more companies have been reporting progress.
- The average score for all users was 28%, representing only a slight increase from 2018.
- The results reveal important gaps in all areas, but in particular between the number of corporate commitments and the actions to promote gender equality.
- Almost half of all users are still at the beginning of their journey, with a score of less than 25%.
- Only 15% of companies feature in the “Achiever” or “Leader” categories, with scores between 50–75% and above 75%, respectively.
- New initiatives to strengthen corporate efforts to create more gender-equal workplaces are highlighted
The overall picture reflects incremental progress but leaves considerable room for improvement. Strong policies lay the groundwork for environments that support women, but without concrete
targets, adequate programming, and accountability, there is little chance gender gaps will close or culture will change to enable women to thrive.
The UN Secretary-General has called on all actors, including the private sector, to mobilize for a “Decade of Action” to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Women’s empowerment and gender equality are a priority in the 2030 Agenda, both through SDG 5 and as a catalyst for achieving the other 16 goals.
The male-dominant shipping industry has been taking crucial steps to promote the presence of women in the sector; Recently, Denmark launched the charter initiative which obliges the shipping companies among other things to devise a strategy or plan to increase the proportion of women in the company and describe and put forward initiatives to support it. The companies are also required to develop and set targets for the proportion of women in the company and appoint a member of top management to be responsible for the action.
Also, the International Maritime Organization praised the year that passed as a year of action in supporting women, by selecting the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019, in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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