FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. WHAT'S THE EQUAL BY 30 CAMPAIGN?
Equal by 30 is a public commitment by public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030. Equal by 30 asks organizations, companies and governments to endorse principles, then take concrete actions to support women in the sector and help close the gender gap.
Through this campaign, we are bringing together leadership from across the energy sector to galvanize action, and help all players – from private sector companies to governments at all levels – take action together.
2. WHY DO WE NEED THIS CAMPAIGN?
Successfully transitioning to a low-carbon future will depend on our ability to harness all possible talent. Internationally, women represent only 35% of the clean energy workforce. Much more must be done to ensure that the low-carbon transition results in growth that is inclusive, and where the benefits are shared.
3. WHY SHOULD I SIGN ON?
This campaign signals your commitment to taking steps to advance gender equality in your organizations. Even modest changes, like putting women on hiring boards, or promoting a woman into a leadership role, can have meaningful impacts for your organization's culture, your community, and your bottom line.
Your efforts, combined with those of all signatory companies and governments, can help to precipitate meaningful global change. Together, shared knowledge and better, more transparent data to illustrate the state of women's participation, will provide new pathways to make measurable progress.
It also serves as an opportunity to lead by example, providing a platform to share your success, and help others learn from your experiences.
4. HOW DO I SIGN ON?
Interested companies and governments should reach out, and we'll get back to you with more information about the campaign. If you decide to endorse the principles, we'll add your logo to the website as signatory, along with commitments and, eventually, an update on your progress.
5. DO I NEED TO HAVE COMMITMENTS IN PLACE TO SIGN ON?
Not right away. The Equal by 30 principles provide a framework for action. You can endorse the principles first, then follow up on your commitments.
We'll also be hosting a couple workshops in the coming months to help signatories develop commitments in line with the campaign, and connect with other signatories.
Need help developing your commitments? Learn by example:
6. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SIGN ON?
When you decide to become a signatory, we'll request a copy of your company logo, as well as some baseline information about you, to feature on our website. Once logos are received, we aim to have them posted in 3 to 5 business days. We also have a social media onboarding feature that will allow us to highlight your participation in Equal by 30.
Thereafter, you can develop commitments that speak to your organization's objectives on gender equality, and that support the goals of equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities. Once your commitments are final, they'll be posted on the Equal by 30 website.
As you start to implement your commitments, we'll look to you to report on progress so that we can shine a light on your success.
We'll also keep the momentum of the campaign going as we set sights on May 2019, when the world will come to Canada for the Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver, British Columbia. That's when this campaign will take centre stage, and together, we will show the world just how much progress is possible when we all work to build a diverse, inclusive and low-carbon future.
7. WHAT KIND OF REPORTING DO I NEED TO DO?
We will be working to develop reporting timelines that don't present undue burden to signatories, but still allows us to show the impacts of putting in place commitments to advance gender equality.
- In late fall, companies will be invited to submit baseline data on gender participation within their organizations to help support the development of the second Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative pamphlet (English only). This request is voluntary, but we strongly encourage signatories consider making data collection one of their commitments.
- Signatories can also expect to be asked to share their success stories in February, so that we can shine a light on their progress at the next Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver in May, 2019.
8. WHO CAN SIGN ON?
This framework is broad enough that all participants helping to transition the world to a low-carbon future have a way to participate, including mining and forestry. We believe we are stronger when all sectors stand together on gender equality.
We also believe that transitioning to a low-carbon economy will require many hands, and that all industries stand to benefit by increasing the participation of women in their organizations and cultures.