Today, 8 March is International Women’s Day. Gender equality is part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, in which we aim to build an environment where people feel welcome, valued, and respected. A company where our colleagues can bring their whole selves to work, where an inclusive customer experience is the status quo, and where we contribute to the well-being of our communities.
In January, NN Group was included in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for the fourth year in a row. The index tracks the performance of public companies committed to disclosing their efforts to support gender equality. We were also included in am:web’s AM 100 Topvrouwen and our Head of Human Capital Development, Carolien Handlogten was interviewed by SER on new gender equality laws.
Alongside policies and ratings, we are focusing on actionable development of the female talent pool, to help achieve our target of 40% women in senior positions by 2023. Our colleagues raise awareness of the importance of having an inclusive environment and mindset through initiatives across our business units. Today, we put the spotlight on how our NN offices around the world are contributing to female empowerment initiatives.
In the Netherlands, the Women in Leadership Network is a group of senior women from across our Dutch business units that aims to bring attention to gender diversity and inclusion at NN by facilitating dialogue, developing female talent, bringing people together and inspiring them to act. The network has organised a mentoring programme and will facilitate further events in 2022.
Spain’s ‘SHe’ Women Leaders Network was started in 2019, comprising of all women in management positions at NN Spain. The group began with informal quarterly networking meetings and has now expanded to include a broader talent pool, offering a mentorship programme and regular guest speakers.
NN Belgium participates in the ‘Women on Track’ community, an initiative of Women on Boards. The community hosts networking events and workshops to encourage the next generation of board members.
In 2021, NN Slovakia established the WomeNN Club to inspire female colleagues, and has become an ambassador of the Slovakia Diversity Charter: a commitment to maintain and enhance a diverse working environment.
In Poland, the Women’s Network initiative is a collective of over 50 women and men who focus on four themes: inspirational conversations, networking, HR and development, external presence, and volunteering. Participants meet with inspirational and influential leaders, take part in mentoring and peer coaching, and collaborate with various associations and charities.
NN Czech Republic created a development programme for NN women, called ‘Flowing’. Their aim is to provide women with a safe learning environment to share their leadership experiences and knowledge. It has seen significant engagement in cross-functional projects and on LinkedIn, as well as a 20% increase in management or more senior roles held by women.