We attract, retain and develop a more gender-balanced workforce at all levels
The Gender Inclusion Network (GIN) was formed in London in 2018, with the aim of helping Cardano UK to improve its gender balance. The GIN was recently expanded across the Cardano group to include representatives on its Steering Group from all Cardano offices, embracing both junior and senior, and male and female perspectives.
The goal remains the same across the group: to ensure that we attract, retain and develop a more gender-balanced workforce at all levels. As a company, we are aware that the industry we work in faces a number of structural challenges, with some areas and roles proving much more popular with men than women. There are many reasons for this, some of which are deeply rooted in broader societal norms. Not all fall directly within our span of control. Nonetheless, we remain committed to doing whatever we can do in practical terms to offer all our staff a workplace that is as attractive and accessible as possible.
Knowledge-sharing, feedback and action
The GIN works alongside other groups across the business representing parents and carers, BAME, Pride and Health & Wellbeing. It feeds into the broader Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group, chaired by group CEO Mickey de Lathauwer. Its work covers three core areas:
- knowledge-sharing and connection: learning and sharing best practices and expanding networks across the group;
- providing feedback: letting the business know where we see gaps or challenges, and acting as a sounding board for new initiatives;
- coordinating action: arranging internal or external events, promoting gender-related resources and obtaining feedback from staff.
Raise any topics to improve gender balance
Helen Prior, coordinator of GIN, says that its remit is deliberately broad: “Cardano encourages its employees to raise any topics that are relevant to the goal of improving gender balance. So we remain committed to doing whatever we can do to offer all our staff a workplace that is as attractive and accessible as possible.”