Stanbic Bank Uganda has signed up to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Seal Certification (GES) Programme for Public and Private Enterprises. The programme aims to reduce gender gaps and promote equality at the work place and women’s economic empowerment.
Pursuit of gender equality at the workplace sets in motion employee performance schemes that reduce gender-gaps, improving staff productivity and business profitability. The process also triggers innovations of gender-appropriate products and services, increasing customer satisfaction. Stanbic will also benefit from networking with global companies that have previously reaped benefits of enrolling for the (GES).
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is Goal No. 5 of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals that was adopted in September 2015 at an historic United Nations Summit. The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Its mantra its “Leave no one Behind” and hence the importance of Gender Equality.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Stanbic Bank Uganda Chief Executive Mr. Patrick Mweheire said Stanbic Bank is committed to reaching parity in leadership and executive positions across all our operations.
“We have achieved some of this through fair and unbiased hiring practices, continue to develop and implement enabling workplace polices, and ensuring that women have access to appropriate development and leadership opportunities. One such way is through the Ignite Women Leadership programme, an internal Bank initiative aimed at developing women leaders and igniting untapped value and opportunity in our female staff,” he said.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Rosa Malango said “Your signature today is a loud statement that in Uganda both private and public enterprises are working for sustainable development.”.
On her part, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Elsie Attafuah explained that Gender equality being recognized and affirmed as a precondition for the realisation of sustainable development as it promises, “achievement (not just promotion) of equality and empowerment all women and girls.”
On 16th August 2016, the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) pledged to adopt the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Private Enterprises.