ABB Canada Awarded Parity Certification by Women in Governance

ABB Canada received a Parity Certification, in recognition of the organization’s commitment to the implementation of strategies that enable and support women at all levels of the organization achieve their career aspirations.

On September 25, ABB will be among 48 organizations from all over Canada honoured at the annual gala for exceptional commitment to gender equality in the workplace.

“Building a culture of diversity and inclusion makes each of us stronger and is critical to our success; diverse teams perform better,” says Nathalie Pilon, President, ABB Canada. “Having a woman at the table changes a conversation and brings a different perception and perspective that is why at ABB we are committed to creating a work environment where all individuals’ contributions are valued and their voices are listened to and respected,” adds Pilon.

As of 2019, ABB Canada employs 3,797 people. Of the total, 25% are women, and 8% of those women hold leadership positions.

Women in Governance’s Parity Certification serves to help Canadian organizations increase the representation of women in sectors where they have historically been underrepresented, as well as in senior management positions. With 31 certified organizations, this initiative has an impact on 258,127 employees across Canada; they will benefit from the best practices established by their employers to enable women to progress without limitations.

“At ABB, we offer programs, such as the Diversity and Inclusion Ambitions program, which are put in place to increase the number of women in leadership roles, attract and retain women talents and increase the ratio of women graduate hires. While corporate initiatives are important in promoting gender diversity, self-driven employee initiatives also play a key role in driving change, such as taking charge in your own personal development and Canada’s employee driven EXCEL group are prime examples of this,” says Sylvie Bergeron, Vice-President, Human Resources, ABB Canada.

“Taking part in the parity certification process has allowed us to weigh our best practices across the organization, and truly see how diverse employee experiences and perspectives greatly contribute to the overall success of the organization,” says Christyne St-Onge, Director, Human Resources, Electrification Business, ABB Canada and project manager for the parity certification submission.

For more information on Women in Governance, please click here.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

About ABB in Canada: In Canada ABB has a strong history of over a hundred years of Canadian innovation and the company continues to expand and localize its offerings for customers. With its Canadian corporate headquarters in Montreal, ABB operates close to 50 facilities and employs approximately 4,000 people across the country.


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