Brussels, 15 Oct 2003
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.