Equal by 30: Countries Commitments
Canada endorses the Equal by 30 Campaign principles on gender equality, and commits to the following actions, with the goal of achieving equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities by 2030 in the energy sector:
- To implement historic proactive pay equity legislation that will ensure women and men in federally-regulated industries receive the same pay for work of equal value.
- To establish new pay transparency requirements so that Canadians have information on pay practices within federally-regulated sectors.
- Launch a new C3E Awards program to recognize efforts to advance gender equality in the clean energy sector.
- Ensure GBA+ is applied comprehensively to all aspects of policy development and decision-making, and strengthening the quality of GBA+ with better data and the full consideration of impacts.
- Create a new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics to address gaps in gathering gender-disaggregated data.
- Enhance federal apprenticeship programs so that underrepresented groups, and in particular women, have the knowledge and support they need to explore trades, make informed career choices, and succeed in trades.
Sweden signs on to, and agree to act on, the overarching principles Equal Pay, Equal Leadership and Equal Opportunities by 2030 in the energy field.
To reach those overarching objectives the Swedish government has identified the following actions:
- Always to ensure gender diversity when appointing executive boards, committees, advisory panels and other similar bodies.
- On an annual basis, request the the Swedish Energy Agency, the Energy Market Inspectorate, the Electricity Safety Board and the National Grid Operator, to report on its actions on promoting gender diversity within their respective competences.
- The Swedish Energy Agency shall in addition integrate the gender dimension into the RD&D programs funded by the Agency, by ensuring and promoting that gender diversity guides the division of funds when appropriate.
- The Swedish government will where it's relevant take an active role raising gender diversity matters within EU and International affairs.
Finland signs the Clean Energy Ministerial guiding principles for ensuring gender diversity by 2030
Finland signs on to, and agrees to act on, the overarching principles Equal Pay, Equal Leadership and Equal Opportunities by 2030.
To reach those overarching objectives the Finnish government has identified the following measures:
- Gender diversity and equal representation of women and men on state-owned company executive boards is to be ensured. Objective is to extend the action to publicly owned companies.
- Pay gap between men and women is reduced by implementing a tripartite Equal Pay Programme
- Awareness of gender equality in education is strengthened. Equal opportunities for self-development, individual learning and growth will be ensured for all boys and girls.
- All governmental institutions are encouraged to produce gender dis-aggregated data and use this data is used planning and decision making. In connection with the societal reform, all government ministries define equality objectives and report progress.
The UK endorses and agrees to act on the overarching principles of Equal Pay, Equal Leadership and Equal Opportunities in the energy sector by 2030.
To progress towards this goal, the UK government commits to the following actions:
- To continue its support for POWERful Women and other energy sector groups in their work towards increasing gender equality in the clean energy sector, targeting 40% of middle management, and 30% of executive board positions, to be female by 2030.
- To achieve its Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commitment to 50% women in senior civil service positions by 2025.
- To support the Nuclear Sector Deal target of 40% women in the nuclear sector by 2030, with 50% women apprenticeship starters by the same date, and work with other sector deal partners under the Industrial Strategy to include similar diversity targets.
- To sustain the high levels of compliance with gender pay gap reporting legislation and support companies to develop action plans to close their gender pay gap.
- To support the work of Energy UK and other energy sector actors to improve diversity in the sector.
- To continue efforts to boost the number of girls taking STEM subjects to increase the pool of women entering STEM careers, including by encouraging more women from the energy sector to become STEM Ambassadors.
- To set up a taskforce to work with business to make flexible working a reality for more employees across Britain and consider creating a duty for employers to consider whether a job can be done flexibly, and make that clear when advertising.
- To encourage FTSE 350 companies to meet the Hampton-Alexander Review target of 33% women in senior leadership by 2020.
The Netherlands endorses and agrees to act on the overarching principles of Equal Pay, Equal Leadership and Equal Opportunities in the energy sector by 2030.
To progress towards this goal, the Dutch government commits to the following actions:
- Equal pay for equal work.
- Increasing the representation of women in upper management positions.
- Actively promoting education and training programmes.
- Removing barriers to ensure equal representation in the workforce, as a way for women to achieve financial independence.
- Reporting periodically on the advancements of topics such as equal pay and labour participation for women.
- Increasing the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, which includes the energy sector.
To increase the representation of women in leadership positions, a majority of the Dutch parliament voted for the implementation of a quota of at least 30% of women/men in boards of supervisory directors of listed companies. This is a push for equality and the government has started with the implementation of this decision. An existing informal network of women in energy, involving women from mainly the corporate energy sector also offers opportunities. Participation from the civil service-side recently started.
These developments contribute to the improvement of gender equality and a campaign like Equal by 30 underlines its importance.