Nordic CEOs publish Diversity & Inclusion Guide: “For Telenor, diversity is about advancing”

(3 February 2022) Anchored in Nordic traditions of gender equality, diversity & inclusion, the 13 CEOs of the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future have today published a new guide, which sets out concrete steps on how to promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace. 

Published: 3 February 2022 09:58

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In addition to practical examples of initiatives that can be replicated by organisations across every geography, the Guide also provides a call to action to the governments in the Nordic Region. It focuses on gender diversity, but is relevant for other aspects of diversity.

Access the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future’s Diversity and Inclusion Guide here

Recognising that a renewed effort will be required for the world to meet the targets set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly #5, which speaks about gender equality, we, the Nordic CEOs, share an ambition to accelerate progress on a range of issues related to diversity and inclusion.

The title of the Guide, ‘From balancing gender to driving inclusion ‘, outlines how the gender gap, which the Nordic region has been at the forefront of closing, forms part of the broader theme of diversity and inclusion. We aspire for the Nordic region to continue to lead the way and set a replicable example for how to create diverse and inclusive workplaces where gender equality can be achieved.

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We are hopeful that our shared commitment and this new Guide and can inspire others to explore how they can promote diversity and inclusion in their own organisations.

The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future are also calling on the Nordic governments to drive further progress on diversity and inclusion in the Nordic region with renewed emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment through government initiatives and incentives. Our shared goal is to reach a state where all are equal and feel that way.

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“For Telenor, diversity is about advancing. Two of Telenor’s behaviors are “always explore”
and “create together.” That will never happen without diversity – and it is about everything
from recruitment to building an inclusive culture for all. It’s essential for competitiveness, for
our ability to innovate, and to see different perspectives in an age of change. We’ve set clear
targets to improve diversity across our footprint. But fostering diversity also requires attention
and awareness. It starts from the top, and we must do it over time. It’s only with diversity we
will advance – both as companies and societies,” says Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future was created in 2018 to inspire joint leadership and action towards delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Companies represented in the group include Equinor, Marel, Swedbank, Storebrand Group, GSMA, Íslandsbanki, Finnair, Telia Company, Posten Norge, SAS, Schibsted, Telenor Group and Yara International.

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