Sutherland is committed to supporting the UN global sustainability development goals and is a strong supporter of the drive for equality and closing the gender gap in its communities worldwide.
On March 8, Sutherland held a series of events celebrating International Women's Day, highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and contributions made by women. Panel discussion events took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, Kochi, India, and Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S. and featured panel discussions focusing on the theme #PressforProgress. Women in senior leadership positions around Sutherland joined together to talk about their experiences, careers, and empowering other women in the workplace.
Anju Talwar, Chief People Officer, attended the event in Sofia, Bulgaria. She had also joined other female leaders to and shared her story of succeeding in a male-dominated environment, "I felt that I had to prove my competence, more so than my male counterparts. This, along with managing the personal tradeoffs and social expectations, meant that at times, it was tough, but at no point did I want to give up."
In addition to the panel discussions, Sutherland's employees got together to make their pledges. Our Jamaica leadership have gone even further and developed programs that bring their pledges to life and make them real. Each site has been set a goal based on empowering women this year that will be tracked through International Women's Day 2019. Some of the goals set include the creation of a monthly recognition program for women impacting the workplace in partnership with the University of the West Indies and the initiation of regular motivational sessions for women in New Kingston, of which attendance and engagement will be reported on in March of next year. As part of its commitment to equality in the workplace, Sutherland will continue to prioritize programs like these on International Women's Day and share its progress throughout the year.