14 June, 2021
Volvo Trucks SA recognised for driving equality
|Volvo Trucks SA Top Management
Volvo Trucks Southern
Africa was named one of the country's top gender empowered companies. The
company was awarded for its commitment to, and achievement in the promotion of
workplace equality for women.
Endorsed by Standard Bank, United
Nations Women, and supported by the Commission for Gender Equality,
this initiative now in its 16th year, celebrates organisations in
both the public and private sector for prioritising gender empowerment as an
integral part of their business strategies.
This award comes after months of rigorous research and benchmarking of the
company's structure, policies, skills development, and female-specific CSR
expenditure. Also taken into
consideration was the number of female directors, senior management, and
employees. Volvo Trucks Southern Africa's top management team currently
consists of 67% women.
"Improving the gender balance has been part of
our company culture for many years, as we work systematically to increase
inclusion of women on all levels of the organisation, and into a variety of
roles including that of technical and commercial management," said Marcus
Hörberg, vice president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. "With a broad variety of initiatives designed
to increase female representation, we are striving to move the needle towards
increased gender equality. We believe an equal world, is an enabled world."
One of the company's
female-specific CSR initiatives, Iron Women, is aimed equipping
and training women to become successful truck drivers, and in the process
change the landscape of the industry. To
date, 40 women have been trained, and a further 30 will be trained this year.
"With women severely underrepresented in the industry, it
is hoped that this initiative will help increase the pool of skilled women
drivers in the country," said Hörberg. "We believe these ladies have what it
takes to affect positive change in the local transport industry, which will
truly only benefit from more gender diversity."
Hörberg added that company actively promotes
gender equality not only because it is ‘the right thing to do', but because it
is essential for business performance.
"Equality is not a women's concern, it's
a business concern. Ensuring an inclusive culture and a diverse
workforce has a positive impact on our productivity, our efficiency,
and our ability to innovate," said Hörberg. "It also enhances our ability to
attract the very best people in the industry, regardless of gender, and that
level of skill and knowledge ultimately benefits our customers."
Volvo Trucks Southern Africa's head office is in
Ekhurhuleni, Gauteng and it has an assembly facility in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The company has 19 dealer facilities across South Africa.
‘'The work that we have done is just the
beginning and although we are honoured to have received the award, we are
continuously aiming to improve the status quo,'' Hörberg concluded.
| Pamellah Ngwenya, Diesel Mechanic, Volvo Trucks South Africa
||Volvo Trucks Iron Women
Source: Volvo Trucks