Women’s economic empowerment helps companies grow: John Warner

KARACHI: The American Business Council and US-Pakistan Women’s Council members, Engro Foundation, PepsiCo and S&P Global hosted a seminar on best practices for hiring and retaining women, here on Monday.

Acting Consul-General John Warner welcomed over 60 participants, including members of the Young Presidents’ Organisation, the American Business Council, and major Pakistani financial institutions. “This seminar highlights the business case for investing in women’s success in the workplace and to discuss how women’s economic empowerment helps companies grow,” said the Acting Consul-General.

Participants discussed how hiring women help uplift communities. They also discussed the importance of providing flex-time and daycare facilities to retain women employees, and shared programs for developing women as leaders within their organisations.

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The US-Pakistan Women’s Council seeks to increase economic participation by women in Pakistan through entrepreneurship, employment and education.  Established in 2012, the Council coordinates and initiates pilot efforts within its network in order to promote diversity and economic inclusion.

The Council currently has eight corporate members in Pakistan: Citigroup, the Coca-Cola Company, Engro, General Electric, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Standard and Poor’s Global, and The Resource Group.

Members implement Council commitments that empower women and strengthen Pakistan’s economy through hiring and diversity initiatives, internships, mentorships, and other activities.

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