DENVER, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of International Women's Day, CH2M is proud to announce our continued partnership with Catalyst and our pledge to do even more to accelerate diversity, inclusion and gender equality in the workplace with a newly launched initiative called Catalyst CEO Champions For Change. The effort, developed by Catalyst – a global thought leader and partner in accelerating the progress of women at work for more than 50 years – recognizes CEOs and top industry leaders who support and drive diversity and inclusion within their organizations.
As part of the initiative, CH2M, a global engineering and consulting firm that leads in the delivery of sustainable development solutions for infrastructure, joins more than 40 high-profile CEOs and top industry leaders to continue to drive change for gender equality at work.
"Catalyst CEO Champions For Change is bringing together business leaders from around the world to help accelerate gender equality," said CH2M Chair and CEO Jacqueline Hinman. "We continually need to raise the bar, holding ourselves publicly accountable for progress and doing everything we can to build workplaces that work for everyone. As CEOs and Chairmen, we have experienced the advantages of having women on our Boards. We believe, it is important to have a board that is representative of our customers, stakeholders and employees."
Research shows that while women have made some nominal gains, they still see unequal representation on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. Only 25 percent of S&P 500 executives and only about 20 percent of S&P 500 board directors are women. The Catalyst Champions For Change are not only making bold organizational and personal commitments to continue to accelerate inclusion, but they will also transparently report on their companies' collective progress.
It's time for more rapid change – and that requires a bold stand by business leaders. CH2M is committed to making room for everyone to succeed at work, which will help improve innovation, boost performance and energize employee engagement.
The initiative will be announced this evening at the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner in New York City. For 30 years, the prestigious Catalyst Award has recognized exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. Read the full Catalyst CEO Champions For Change pledge and find out more about joining the movement.
At CH2M we have a diverse range of people within our ranks who are proud to work for a company that helps empower women in the industry. The firm was recently honored as a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company, with four women among CH2M's Board of Directors. Discover seven steps for excelling in a competitive industry from CH2M's Executive Vice President of Growth and Sales Lisa Glatch.
CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions benefiting societal, environmental and economic outcomes with the development of infrastructure and industry. In this way, CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering and management services for clients in water; environment and nuclear; transportation; energy and industrial markets, from iconic infrastructure to global programs like the Olympic Games. Ranked among the World's Most Ethical Companies and top firms in environmental consulting and program management, CH2M in 2016 became the first professional services firm honored with the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for efforts advancing sustainable development. Connect with CH2M at www.ch2m.com; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Facebook.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 supporting organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.
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