The Gender Pillar is about empowerment, education and awareness around all topics relating to Gender. We work closely with other DEI pillars to celebrate gender across Merkle, taking intersectionality into account. We have a big focus on allyship and are proud to have men on our committee, and high male attendance at our events throughout the year – as gender inclusion is simply part of the Merkle culture.
Gender equality in the workplace
Several years ago, a few female employees noticed that, more often than not, communications from leadership within the business were exclusively from the male perspective. They created a group called Women In Leadership which sought to elevate the voices of women and promote gender quality in leadership and management roles at Merkle. This initiative soon spread across the globe and evolved into the Gender Pillar, which seeks to highlight issues and educate employees across all aspects of gender and gender expression and gender diversity in the workplace. We empower colleagues by providing opportunities for exposure to members of senior leadership, and in turn invite those members of senior leadership to talk openly their career journey and what role gender has played in it. In the last few years, we have highlighted the importance of allies and sought to increase engagement from our male colleagues. Each year we host a whole week of celebrations for our two tentpole events: International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day. And each year, we support our HR team in pulling together our Gender Pay Gap report, as well as planning what actions we need to take off the back of the data.