CEOs' position paper on Women in Industrial Research

October 16, 2003

Brussels, 15 Oct 2003

Text of the position paper

Call by CEOs

In Berlin, Andrew Gould, CEO of Schlumberger, presented a position paper (PDF 17 kB) outlining the public commitment of the CEOs of a group of leading R&D companies to promote women in science and technology in the private sector in Europe. The companies are ready to take the following actions:

Taking a Stand: Each CEO and their top management will demonstrate their company's approach at public events.

Sponsoring a Role Model: Each company will fund a major programme, such as endowing a Chair at a university, to create a strategic partnership with the education sector to encourage women in science and engineering.

Promoting Change: Each company will be a catalyst for change: internally, by promoting awareness, initiating or improving specific company measures, defining strategic goals and monitoring progress; and externally, through co-operation with other companies and universities.

Making Use of Existing Programmes: Each company will take full advantage of existing national and European programmes designed to support women in industrial research.

Analysing the Business Case: A panel of experts (sociologists, economists, scientists, etc) will review existing research, analyse the results and assess the business case today to strengthen public communication.

Text of the position paper

DG Research
http:///europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
Item source: http:///europa.eu.int/comm/research/scien ce-society/women/wir/index_en.html

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