Emirates Group focuses on #EmbraceEquity’s International Women’s Day 2023 theme by discussing gender equality, record levels of female promotions and delivering ‘unconscious bias’ training across the company.
The Emirates Group employs over 23,000 women, representing 41% of Emirates’ global workforce and Emirates dnata’s workforce. This sizable number is on an upward trend through 2023, and active hiring continues. Nearly 40% of non-operational level middle and senior management positions in the Emirates Group are currently held by women.
Emirates recently formalized its commitment to gender balance by signing the UAE Gender Balance Council, supporting the UAE government to increase the representation of women in middle and senior management positions by 2025.
The pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. As part of the commitment, Emirates has agreed to support the work of the Emirates Gender Balance Committee by sharing data and best practices and conducting ongoing internal reviews of company policies, practices and procedures.
As the world’s largest international airline and one of the world’s largest air service providers, Emirates and dnata are known as one of the best companies to work for in the UAE. The Emirates Group remuneration and benefits structure is gender-free, with remuneration based on skills and experience, regardless of gender or nationality.
A record number of promotions for women
Celebrating a thriving career, women in the Emirates Group accounted for 56% of all promotions in the past 12 months, the highest figure to date. The Emirates Group has many women in leadership positions who have been promoted several times and have been with the company for over a decade.
Get World Class Training
Emirates Group employees have access to a wide range of educational programs and learning opportunities, as well as face-to-face training on a range of topics. This International Women’s Day, all employees are being directed to the ‘Unconscious Bias’ learning path on the newly launched Emirates ‘Skills for the Future’ portal. The customized learning journey designed by Emirates is open to all colleagues and consists of 6 modules including breaking prejudice, valuing intersectionality, women’s voices, diversity equity and inclusion, alliances and culture of belonging.
The Human Resources department is leading the way, with over 500 HR employees embarking on their learning journey and currently over 70% complete. With financial support from the company, women can also enroll in a suite of executive leadership programs and have the opportunity to complete international educational qualifications.
In addition to promotions, employees can also receive the Najm Award, a scheme that recognizes outstanding contributions to the Emirates Group. Najm’s goal is to foster a sense of belonging and appreciation so that employees feel energized, inspired and empowered to achieve meaningful goals. Najm Rewards offers Emirates Group employees the option to redeem cash rewards, travel vouchers, gift cards and more. The Najm Award is also recorded in the employee’s official employment record as a career highlight. In the past 12 months, 35% of Najm awards have been awarded to women.
looking to the future
The Emirates Group recognized the International Women’s Day theme of #EmbraceEquity as an opportunity to amplify action by creating a meaningful framework to unify direction and inspire activity. In signing the UAE Gender Balance Council pledge, the Emirates Group pledged to take additional compliance measures to prevent bias in the recruitment process, identify, develop and commit to the succession of female leaders in the organization and review policies to prioritize practice Gender equality and procedures in .
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to accelerate women’s equality. IWD has been happening for over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 attended by over a million people. – trade arab news agency