What’s Happening in Asia-Pacific

Women are essential to economic growth in all parts of the world, but nowhere are they more important than the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, which are experiencing unparalleled challenges related to population and workforce growth. Catalyst is rapidly expanding its work and presence in this region, with a variety of research and events. Sign up for regular updates on our work in Asia-Pacific, and contact us if you’d like to learn more.


Catalyst Census partner the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) recently released data showing that 73.7% of organisatons haven’t completed a pay gap analysis and less than 1 in 5 have completed one in the last 12 months. Catalyst Australia members looking for help in this area are using Catalyst’s exclusive Vital Signs tools to discover the historical patterns driving their numbers and inform future talent decisions and activities. In addition, many are focusing on sponsorship as a tool for the development and retention of women leaders within the business.

We welcome Australia Post and AIG Australia as the newest Australian Catalyst members. We hope to see representatives from all our members at upcoming member roundtables in Melbourne and Sydney. Check the Australia page of our website for more information.


On 25 September, Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC, participated in the 2014 Shanghai International Forum on Women’s Development, a day-long conference attended by over 200 women, including eminent speakers and delegates from over 16 countries. The conference was organized by the Shanghai Women's Federation, and it explored the relationship between urban governance and women’s development, analyzing opportunities and challenges in urban governance and equality between men and women from women’s unique perspective and wisdom, sharing successful experience and accomplishments for women’s development in terms of urban governance, enhancing women’s value, making women’s voice heard and highlighting women’s talent and showcasing women’s power in terms of urban governance. Ms. Irde took part in a break-out session titled “Economic Growth and Women’s Role.”

Hong Kong

Catalyst is proud to be a Supporting Organisation of the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia 2014 Conference, taking place in Hong Kong on 11 & 12 November. Organized by Community Business and with the theme Diversity & Inclusion – Driving Competitive Advantage, this year’s programme will look beyond the workplace, and explore tangible ways in which diversity and inclusion drives competitive advantage, unleashing creativity and innovation, tapping new markets, winning new customers and ultimately increasing revenues. Jan Combopiano, Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, Catalyst will be in attendance and would love to meet you if you are also attending! Register now!


Catalyst India has been busy! In June, we hosted a three-part series of virtual discussion forums that featured a Catalyst moderator guiding a conversation among panelists from corporate India. The sessions were based on a series of Catalyst tools that were published in May.

  • Making Change in India Inc.: Addressing Biases That Hold Women Back at Work Event Summary | Tool
  • Making Change in India Inc.: Creating Work Environments Free From Sexual Harassment Event Summary | Tool
  • Making Change in India Inc.: Reintegrating Women into the Workplace Successfully Event Summary | Tool

If you missed these events, we’d love to see you on 16 October 2014 for Men Who Get It: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives—Delhi. Men are an often untapped—yet critical—resource in diversity and inclusion efforts aimed at eliminating gender bias. To address this gap, Catalyst's Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives research series offers evidence-based advice about the most effective ways to partner with men in ending gender inequalities at work. Join us for a panel discussion and networking where we will explore the challenges and rewards of engaging men in gender initiatives.

Catalyst India is also launching its second Benchmarking study and would love to see you participate! Please visit the web page for this landmark study to find out about participating, including FAQs and sample survey content. If you’re interested in participating, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Lastly, our membership has grown. Large Indian conglomerate Tata Sons Limited is now a Catalyst global member, and other leading Indian corporations such as ICICI Bank and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. have signed on locally, joining established members such as Colgate-Palmolive Company, Fluor Corporation, Pitney Bowes Inc., and Wipro Ltd.

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On 26 May, Catalyst Japan officially opened for business in Japan with an event in Tokyo hosted by DSM Japan K.K. Jos van Ruyven, President, DSM Japan K.K., Sarah Casanova, President and CEO, McDonald's Company (Japan), Ltd., Yasuchika Hasegawa, Representative Director, President & CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and Chairman of Keizai Doyukai, and Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, made remarks, and guests enjoyed a general reception and networking session. On the following day, Catalyst participated in the USJC-ACCJ Women in Business Summit, and Deborah Gillis presented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a commendation for his support of women in the Japanese workplace. Since the launch 25 companies have joined Catalyst Japan as members and we look forward to engage more companies to become part of the Catalyst family. 

On 11-12 September, Deborah M. Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, along with political leaders, business leaders, and opinion leaders from Japan and several countries, participated in The World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo 2014 jointly hosted by the Government of Japan, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Nikkei Inc., and the Japan Institute of International Affairs.  WAW! Tokyo 2014 attendees shared perspectives drawn from their own countries and workplaces, and shared practices that help to get and keep women in the workforce.  Lively discussions were held on a broad array of topics including the role of the government in facilitating more availability of affordable childcare services by opening up immigration quotas, changing the tax code so that families are not penalized when women go to work, and the pros and cons of mandatory quotas. This event was one of the efforts to achieve ‘A Society Where Women Shine,’ one of the three arrows of the Abe administration’s economic strategy.


On 19 September, Catalyst was proud to be a supporting organization of the 2014 GOLD Symposium, The Power of Inclusion: Viewing Diversity Through Different Lenses held in Tokyo, closing the Shine Weeks events in Japan.

On 22 September, Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President & CEO, facilitated a discussion with an intimate group of women leaders during a special luncheon for Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Ms. Akie Abe, held in New York City at the residence of Ambassador and Consul General Sumio Kusaka. The special guests offered perspectives from their own careers and companies and offered general advice. 

Last, Catalyst Japan will hold a Member Meet-up in Tokyo later this year—stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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Regional Contact:

Emily Wakeling
Executive Director, Global Membership
+ 1 646 388 7760
[email protected]