Women's Business Council Progress Report, 2016

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This report from the Women’s Business Council builds on their previous work and outlines changes to the Council, including the expansion of the Council and the creation of 5 specific Action Groups focussed on changing business culture to better use the talents of girls and women as they participate in the workforce at every stage of their lives.

The Women’s Business Council believes this country’s future growth and prosperity depends on maximising women’s contribution to the economy. The report outlines the role of the Action Groups and case studies of best practice.

The WBC has:

  • helped drive important legislative changes such as Shared Parental Leave and the right to request flexible working;

  • raised awareness of the need for tax-free childcare and an older workers’ business champion;

  • promoted best practice within companies to tackle the gender pay gap and helped to develop the forthcoming reporting regulations;

  • reached a potential audience of 8 million people through active engagement and a potential audience of over 32 million through the media;

  • developed practical tools for business by business and been leaders for change;

  • harnessed the power of scores of champion advocates to amplify best practice; and,

  • published over 150 topical business focussed case studies.

    Creating social change can be slow, but the WBC has steered significant progress in just four years. Shared parental leave, a narrowing gender pay gap, many more women on executive boards, tax breaks for childcare and a swell of business leaders who understand the business case for supporting women in the workplace – these are real and important achievements, and testament to the combined energy, commitment and expertise of the WBC members. 


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