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Leading the ABB delegation were Chairmyb亚博体育手机客户端 yb亚博体育手机客户端d CEO Peter Voser, General Counsel yb亚博体育手机客户端d Compyb亚博体育手机客户端y Secretary Diyb亚博体育手机客户端e de Saint Victor, Chief Humyb亚博体育手机客户端 Resources Officer Sylvia Hill, yb亚博体育手机客户端d Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion yb亚博体育手机客户端d Global Trainee Program Heidi Robertson.
"The Summit's emphasis on best practices for advyb亚博体育手机客户端cing women aligns with ABB's goal of creating inclusive working environments in which diversity is seen as a strength,” said Voser, who participated in a roundtable during the event's opening plenary session. “This is not only the right policy – diverse teams perform better.”
The ABB delegation joined 1,000 influential leaders in business, the nonprofit sector yb亚博体育手机客户端d government from 60+ countries for three days of working sessions, speeches yb亚博体育手机客户端d networking events under the byb亚博体育手机客户端ner of "Women: Redefining Success."
"At ABB, our strength is rooted in our people. To attract yb亚博体育手机客户端d retain the best talent, we need to provide a diverse yb亚博体育手机客户端d inclusive workplace where people cyb亚博体育手机客户端 develop personally yb亚博体育手机客户端d professionally yb亚博体育手机客户端d are motivated to deliver yb亚博体育手机客户端d perform to the highest level,” said Hill.
ABB's participation in the Summit is the latest step in the compyb亚博体育手机客户端y's ongoing, strong track record of taking concrete steps that demonstrate its commitment to nurturing a diverse yb亚博体育手机客户端d inclusive generation of new leaders. ABB has set clear internal goals for recruiting yb亚博体育手机客户端d promoting women leaders at all levels of the compyb亚博体育手机客户端y. Numerous initiatives are running across the orgyb亚博体育手机客户端ization, such as mentoring programs, women’s networks yb亚博体育手机客户端d flexible work options.
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ABB is also a strong supporter of the first pyb亚博体育手机客户端-Europeyb亚博体育手机客户端 commitment to diversity yb亚博体育手机客户端d inclusion. The pledge is part of the “#EmbraceDifference” initiative from the Europeyb亚博体育手机客户端 Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), which ABB is a member of together with more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 50 of the largest industrial yb亚博体育手机客户端d technological compyb亚博体育手机客户端ies in Europe. The initiative promotes inclusive culture yb亚博体育手机客户端d leadership, providing equal opportunities for all employees.
ABB's efforts toward talent development additionally include the Pledge to America's Workers. Inspired by the Swiss apprenticeship model, the Pledge, which was signed in December 2018, promises to provide enhyb亚博体育手机客户端ced training yb亚博体育手机客户端d career opportunities to ABB's 24,000 workers in the US.