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Returning to STEM
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4 Good places for women to work

There is clear momentum behind the recruitment of women into STEM occupations, driven by support from the senior management of major UK companies and by evidence from McKinsey & Company’s research into the business benefits of a gender diverse workforce (Hunt et al, 2015). This research correlates a company’s financial performance with the gender diversity of its organisation and demonstrates a competitive advantage of diverse organisations compared to less diverse peers companies.

In 2014 WISE convened a group of STEM industry leaders with a brief to develop a process that would guide enlightened companies along a journey from a commitment to gender diversity to actual accomplishment; this brief was supported by the government via the Cabinet Office (WISE, 2014. The output, the WISE Industry-led Ten Steps, has been committed to by 40 chairs/chief executives of major STEM employers in the UK. These companies are fully committed to creating a workplace environment that supports women’s retention and progression. You can find their details on the WISE website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Watch Sarah Golding of Bechtel talking about the company’s diversity policies and its use of the WISE Ten Steps.

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