2020 is the Year to Accelerate Diversity in Denmark, says Headspring partner

Today, in the build-up to the annual May Womenomics conference, Above & Beyond Group gathers more than 100 business leaders with Minister for Equal Opportunties, Mogens Jensen, to launch 2020 with concrete initiatives and best practice cases regarding inclusion and gender equality in leadership.

Iceland is number 1, Norway number 2, Finland number 3, Sweden number 4 and Denmark is… number 14.

This is the sad case according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2020, an annual equality report covering 153 countries, which was published just before Christmas. In one year, Denmark has moved one place down the list, and despite years of focus on diversity in the Danish labor market, a large number of countries, both inside and outside Europe, leave Denmark in their wake.

CEO of Above & Beyond Group, Tine Arentsen Willumsen, finds Denmark's position on the equality ranking unambitious.

“It is bad enough to rank 14th on the overall list, but what is particularly frustrating to me is that we are down to 102nd place when the World Economic Forum solely evaluates women's share of leadership positions in the private and public sectors. In relation to the many well-documented benefits that companies gain from diversity, both among employees and managers, we must acknowledge that the business community can be far too slow to recognise and appoint female talents."

"I really hope that 2020 will be the year when diversity in Denmark will be significantly boosted, ”says Tine Arentsen Willumsen.

As a preliminary step to bring that hope to fruition, Above & Beyond Group will, on Thursday the 16th of January, host a Womenomics Mid-Year morning event at Gorrissen Federspiel in Axel Towers in Copenhagen. At this event, companies can be inspired by the benefits of working with diversity. Above & Beyond Group has invited an esteemed range of speakers including Minister for Equal Opportunities, Mogens Jensen.

”It is not satisfactory, that Denmark lags behind our Nordic neighbors. We still have a number of challenges regarding gender equality, which we must address, and currently progress is too slow. This is a task we must all solve together, and therefore I am pleased that amongst others, the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Head of the Central Bank of Denmark have spoken out about wanting to tackle the issue." 

"It is essential to get more women into leadership positions, to get more men to take longer parental leave and to ensure equal pay for both men and women,” explained Mogens Jensen before the conference. 

Other speakers at The Mid-Year Womenomics event include, Thomas Oth, CEO of Coca-Cola in Denmark and Finland, Helen Barrett, Editor at Financial Times and Sari Brody, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in IKEA, Ingka Group. The program also includes a panel debate between, Christian Ingerslev, CEO of Maersk Tankers, Nana Bule, CEO of Microsoft Denmark, Ib Enevoldsen, CEO of Rambøll Denmark and Stine Carsten Kendal, CEO of Information.

The seats for the breakfast gathering on January the 16th are occupied, with more than 100 participants confirmed. 

However, there are still tickets available for The Womenomics Nordic Business Conference on Tuesday the 19th of May at Østre Gasværk in Copenhagen, which is being held for the seventh time and is the largest conference of its kind in the Nordics. Follow updates here: www.womenomicscph.dk.

Partners include BMW, Headspring Executive Development, McKinsey & Co. and Gorrissen Federspiel.

Contact info:
Tine Arentsen Willumsen, CEO, Above & Beyond Group: tine@above-and-beyond.eu / 6128 6754
Anne Sofie Josephsen, COO, Above & Beyond Group: annesofie@above-and-beyond.eu / 5124 1213

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