This year’s International Women’s Day 2019 theme #BalanceforBetter campaigns to build a gender-balanced world. Where everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees and more.

We hear from Managing Director, Sue Wright about why Waldeck support #BalanceforBetter and how a diverse workforce drives a better working world:

“Gender balance, and balance across all diversities is essential for economies and communities to thrive, as well as businesses.

“At Waldeck, equality has always been important when considering aspects of the business such as recruitment, training and career progression, in order to ensure an inclusive, empowering environment for all. Our recent (January 2019) staff survey results show that 98% of staff believe that Waldeck values diversity in the workplace, which is a figure we are incredibly proud of.

“Over the years, across the industry we have seen stereotypes being challenged and a diverse representation of women is definitely becoming more evident. At Waldeck we are proud to have an above average representation of women within our organisation, in roles across Senior Management, Project Delivery and Support Services, to the point where I believe as a business we would consider diversity not only in gender but also ethnicity, race, age, religion, disability etc. as ‘the norm’.

“That said, there is still a continuing need worldwide for more progressive mind-sets and inclusive behaviours, which we hope to be able to continue to support through our internal programmes such as apprenticeship schemes, graduate training, professional development reviews, flexible working and other internal initiatives.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

Find out more about International Women’s Day here.