The WISE Campaign has marked two years since the creation of the Ten Steps with an event to measure the progress of the industry-led initiative.
The Ten Steps is a list of actions that companies can follow to ensure that women in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing have the same opportunities to progress in their career as their male counterparts. When taken together they have the potential to drive company performance. The initiative was co-created by WISE and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The list was launched in September 2014 after workshops with a cross section of businesses.
Two years later WISE, which works to inspire girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), welcomed over 30 of the current 52 signatories of the Ten Steps to share their progress, measured by the Ten Steps Diagnostic Tool. Reporting on the key themes emerging from their analysis, WISE found that while overall the signatories were making progress, many companies reported similar scores to the previous year. However, definite progress had been made on the first step understanding your starting point, with significantly increased scores.
In line with the previous year, the lowest scoring steps were educate your leaders and sponsor women to the same extent as men, illustrating the need for executive level support and senior management engagement.
Overall the highest scoring signatory was Cap Gemini, with event hosts EY also in the top three. Both companies shared their suggestions on what had made a real difference in creating an inclusive culture.
More information about the Ten Steps is available here: Ten Steps . The WISE Campaign advises organisations on how to create environments where those women can develop and thrive. More information is available at www.wisecampaign.org.uk/about-us