March 26, 2015 — I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate Chevron’s US-based initiative, The Chevron Way: Engineering Opportunities for Women and Procter & Gamble’s Everyone Valued, Everyone Included, Everyone Performing at Their Peak™ at today’s Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner!
Though they’re from two very different industries, this year’s Award-winning initiatives share a strong commitment to cultivating diverse talent. Championed by CEOs who understand that profound change requires intentional action, programs like these are what help move women forward.
Fill the pipeline. Chevron partners with major colleges and universities, as well as with professional organizations and community programs, to attract women and diverse employees. The company also works with local middle school, high school, and community college programs to encourage girls and students in underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Set the tone at the top. All P&G managers are evaluated partially on their ability to cultivate diverse talent—and all business-sector and functional leaders report directly to the CEO on women’s advancement. If you have to report to the CEO about something, you’re going to make it a priority.
Hold people accountable. Most Chevron employees are evaluated in part on their commitment to diversity. That means nearly every single employee at Chevron is responsible for promoting diversity—and personally invested in doing so.
Be flexible. P&G offers comprehensive flexible work options, including career-path flexibility, short- and long-term reduced-hour arrangements, dual-career couple benefits, and leave benefits, including a unique sabbatical program in which all full-time employees with at least one year of continuous employment are eligible for up to three months of leave every five years.
Put family first. Chevron also offers truly innovative work-life programs, including a job-share program and a dual-career couples program that helps support and strengthen family relationships by taking both spouses’ careers into consideration.
Keep women safe without holding them back. When building its manufacturing plant in Hyderabad, India, P&G worked with the local government to change a law to allow women to work night shifts in safety. In India, women employees are offered private bus service to work.
Chevron and P&G aren’t just making it easier to be a woman in the oil & gas industry or a plant worker in India. They are making it possible for employees of all backgrounds to live AND work in the 21st century. It’s time for more organizations to step up and follow their lead!