According to the latest WEF report, the gender equality gap has worsened and it is now expected to take 100 years for the gap to close at its current rate (2016 the prediction was 83 years).
Interestingly, Rwanda is the 4th best country for overall equality (even before Sweden) and not surprisingly, Middle East and North Africa scored the lowest.
Although AI can be used to eliminate bias, we also have to be very aware that artificial intelligence algorithms might be biased themselves. Google just had to apologize for their machine-learning powered language analyzer after it showed negative bias towards text with the words “gay” or “jew”.
According to a study published on HBR, leaders are not good at judging their own inclusiveness. This is especially interesting as there is a strong correlation between inclusiveness and leadership effectiveness.
Procter & Gamble just released a new advert as part of their “Love over Bias” campaign. Ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 2018, the video is celebrating the mothers of athletes who had to overcome biases. Definitely worth watching!
According to PWC’s latest Corporate Directors Survey, 59% of the surveyed corporate board members say that their board is diverse enough as is and 16% said that gender or racial diversity on their board has no benefit at all. Read more here.
Millennials are much more talkative about their salaries than older generations, a recent survey showed. This transparency can have a positive impact on driving equality and companies need to rethink how they make payroll information available internally.
The Swedish furniture company Ikea had to pull a TV commercial in China this week after receiving a lot of negative comments on social media. The advert that showed a mother scolding her daughter for not bringing home a boyfriend, was deemed sexist and viewers accused Ikea of supporting the traditional view of “leftover women”.
The fast food chain Burger King has been driving diversity and inclusion and social matters in various adverts the past years (e.g. last year celebrating National Sign Language Day). They have now just released a spot called “Bullying Jr.”. Definitely worth watching!
McKinsey just released their latest gender diversity report: Women Matter: Time to accelerate—Ten years of insights into gender diversity. This very interesting publication looks at the challenges women face world-wide and the impact the imbalance has, e.g. on the economic growth.
It was only last week that Dove was criticized for a racist advert. This week, Nivea is in the news (again) for an advert that appeared in several African countries, promoting a skin-lightening product. According to the commercial, having a fairer skin tone stands for youth.
As the first state in the US, California will now recognize a third gender on official identification documents. The gender is called non-binary and can be used by anyone who does not identify as exclusively male or female. Read more here.
The food manufacturer Kellogg’s just launched a very sweet video for Spirit Day 2017, using their well-known brand mascots. Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day where people are asked to stand against bullying in support of LGBTQ youth.
Paypal has just released their latest diversity report. While they managed to improve the number of women on the senior management level, they had no to minimal improvements in regard to minority numbers and even a slight decrease in the number of women overall.
The 2017 Women in the Workplace report, a study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey, was released this week. The findings show that there is slow to no progress in regard to career-advancement and equality for women, and for women of colour it is even worse. The report also shows that almost half the men surveyed think that it is sufficient if one out of ten senior leaders is female and 15% of men think that gender diversity programs will have a negative impact on their own career. Read more here.
The skin care brand Dove was accused of racism this week after they had posted an image on Facebook, showing a black woman removing her t-shirt to reveal a white woman underneath. This caused a lot of outrage on social media and while the original advert for a body wash showed various races, it was not visible in the Facebook post. Dove has apologized in the meantime and pulled the ad from their platforms.
State Street, the company that installed the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street, was in the news this week for discriminating against their senior female employees as well as black vice presidents. The company has now agreed to pay USD 5 Million to over 300 female employees who were paid less than their male peers.
With immediate effect, the world’s largest photo agency, Getty Images, has banned the submission of any photoshopped images where the body shapes of the models have been altered. Read more here.
According to an internal review at the broadcaster BBC, men are paid on average 9.3% more than women in similar roles, simply because of their gender. BBC revealed their figures ahead of the deadline in April 2018, where all UK companies with more than 250 employees have to declare their gender pay gaps.
Cam Newton, a NFL quarterback, just lost his Dannon sponsorship after making a sexist remark at a press conference. When a female journalist asked a question, he responded that it was “funny to hear a female talk” about football.
I thought this was a very good NY Times read on women’s empowerment by columnist Rafia Zakaria. Empowering women in development countries is not simply an economic issue that can be resolved with some donations.