As part of the activities to mark the International Women’s Day, the Global Cement and Concrete Association inaugurated Concrete Industry Women’s Network to attract more women into the sector.
The sector initiative, inaugurated by the GCCA Cement Director, Claude Lorea, aimed at establishing a network of women leaders and experts in the cement and concrete industry and its suppliers, in order to promote gender diversity.
The network, which started informally at the beginning of last week, had already attracted more than 100 women who registered, the association said.
Lorea said, “The sector is well aware that there is a lot more to do to attract women to our industry.
“As a matter of principle, improving gender diversity and equity is important, as well as ensuring that girls at school are attracted to the range of professions and careers we can offer.
“Importantly also, more and more studies show that companies with diversity at senior levels perform better generally and across all three sustainability pillars – economic, environmental, and social.”
The group, according to the association, is a place for women working in the cement and concrete industry to share content, thoughts and ideas among peers, with the shared mission of promoting concrete as the sustainable building material of choice.
It added that the group wanted to establish a network of women leaders and experts in the cement and concrete sector and its suppliers in order to ensure gender diversity, for example in conference panels, by providing a ready network of talent and experience, and to create a culture of diversity across the industry.