Al­ghanim In­dus­tries com­mit­ted to UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals

‘Achieve gen­der equal­ity and em­power all women and girls’

Kuwait Times - - Local -

KUWAIT: Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, one of the largest pri­vately owned com­pa­nies in the re­gion, re­cently re­stated its com­mit­ment to the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal 5, to “achieve gen­der equal­ity and em­power all women and girls,” as the CEO of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries Omar K Al­ghanim signed a State­ment of Sup­port for the UN Women’s Em­pow­er­ment Prin­ci­ples. The sym­bolic sign­ing cer­e­mony took place in the Kuwait Cham­ber of Com­merce last week un­der the pa­tron­age of Ms Hind Al-Sabeeh, Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Eco­nomic Af­fairs.

The event was or­ga­nized by the Women’s Re­search and Stud­ies Cen­ter of Kuwait Univer­sity’s Col­lege of So­cial Sciences led by Dr Lubna Al-Kazi, in part­ner­ship with the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment, the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNDP), and the United Na­tions En­tity for Gen­der Equal­ity and the Em­pow­er­ment of Women (UN Women). Al­ghanim In­dus­tries par­tic­i­pated along­side a num­ber of lead­ing pri­vate sec­tor en­ti­ties, and was rep­re­sented by the com­pany’s Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer, Hen­ning Sch­lutt.

Shed­ding light on Kuwait’s pri­vate sec­tor ef­forts in pro­mot­ing and ac­cel­er­at­ing gen­der equal­ity in the cor­po­rate world, the event fur­ther so­lid­i­fied Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to the global 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. Com­ment­ing on the ini­tia­tive, Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer, Hen­ning Sch­lutt, said: “At Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, we strongly be­lieve in the prin­ci­ples of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. Over the past few years, we have launched a num­ber of ini­tia­tives and in­tro­duced a num­ber of poli­cies to sup­port women lead­ing their ca­reers. Our par­tic­i­pa­tion in this ini­tia­tive stems from our stead­fast com­mit­ment to gen­der equal­ity, and to the suc­cess of women in the cor­po­rate world.”

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries has ac­tively pri­or­i­tized gen­der di­ver­sity at the com­pany. On March of this year, on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, the com­pany launched a na­tion­wide video cam­paign aimed at in­spir­ing women in the pri­vate sec­tor. Al­ghanim was one of the pi­o­neers in in­tro­duc­ing im­proved ma­ter­nity and pa­ter­nity leave poli­cies, which in­cludes ex­tend­ing the paid ma­ter­nity leave for up to 90 days, as well as paid pa­ter­nity leave for up to 12 days. It re­mains com­mit­ted to em­pow­er­ing women in the com­mu­nity, and con­tin­ues de­vel­op­ing a sup­port­ive, en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for its fe­male tal­ent.

We be­lieve in the prin­ci­ples of di­ver­sity

Hen­ning Sch­lutt with Hind Al-Sabeeh and Dr Lubna Al-Kazi

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