Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with a presence in over 13 countries, has launched its Groupwide Gender Equity Strategy and Framework.
The strategy includes the implementation of a blind recruitment process, non-discriminative promotions and policies, enhanced maternity leaves and a framework ensuring more access to training and development opportunities for its female employees.
Dubai Holding, as one of the first organizations to sign the Pledge to Accelerate Gender Balance in the UAE’s Private Sector (Pledge SDG5) in January 2022, will adopt a gender-lens approach through inclusive strategies and policies that support a gender-balanced workplace and community.
The Group also established a 15-member Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council that will oversee the new strategy’s implementation, measurement and reporting progress within the business.
“In our long-standing commitment to nurturing a gender-balanced and inclusive work environment, I am proud to announce the launch of Dubai Holding’s Groupwide Gender Equity and Inclusion Framework. This strategy is not only based on regional and global research findings but is also informed by our own employees’ feedback and is a culmination of years of efforts to establish best practices in this area. As a responsible business that operates For the Good of Tomorrow, we strive to ensure that our environment embraces diversity and inclusiveness.”
The Dubai Holding Gender Equity Strategy and Framework is structured within three core program pillars such as ACCELERATE Program, IMPACT Program and REACH Program. The ACCELERATE Program provides development opportunities to boost the careers of high-performing female talent. Initiatives such as the Dubai Holding Coaching Program, which was launched in 2021, will continue, and new initiatives will follow.
The IMPACT Program focuses on implementing inclusive policies, systems and processes for optimal employee and business performance. Since January 2022, the Group has updated and implemented new and significant human capital policies in conformity with UAE gender-related laws and regulations, ranging from using a blind recruitment procedure to easing the return of female employees on maternity leave.
The third pillar of the strategy, the REACH Program, will promote gender-conscious stakeholder engagement, partnerships, products, and services. This will continue to be implemented through a series of campaigns and events.
One of Dubai Holding’s first initiatives in 2022 is a first-of-its-kind flagship virtual event to mark International Women’s Day 2022 titled ‘Women of Tomorrow’. The event on 8 March 2022 will provide attendees the opportunity to hear from and engage with leading women and men from across Dubai Holding’s diverse companies and sectors.