Rockwell Automation is being recognized by the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change (Catalyst Champion) initiative—a collective of more than 50 high-profile CEOs who are visibly supporting and driving diversity, inclusion and gender equality within their organizations—for driving change to advance women into leadership. According to a progress report released by Catalyst, using baseline data mined from all Catalyst Champion companies, findings show that as a group, including Rockwell Automation, the Catalyst Champion organizations are outperforming their peers in the S&P 500 in all areas of women’s representation: women in these organizations hold more positions across the entire corporate pipeline.
Key findings of gender-equality efforts at the participating organizations:
• Catalyst Champion companies outperform their S&P 500 peers in advancing women at all levels of the organization, specifically among board seats, executive/senior-level positions and first-/mid-level positions.
• Catalyst Champion companies outperform their S&P 500 peers in advancing women of color at all levels of the organization, specifically among board seats, executive/senior-level positions and first-/mid-level positions.
“Diversity and inclusion fuels innovation and most companies know inclusion is good for business. Rockwell Automation believes that change must start at the top, where leaders are committed to creating an environment where their employees can bring their best work,” states Blake Moret, Rockwell Automation president and CEO. “We are all accountable because our Culture of Inclusion fuels innovation for everyone.”
Since 2008 the company has seen a 76 percent increase in the number of women at the executive level, a 65 percent increase in women directors, and a 28 percent increase in mid-level women managers.
“We commend Rockwell Automation along with the other Catalyst Champion CEOs who represent a passionate group of change agents. They are already leaders and champions of gender equality and inclusion. Now they are taking bold action, holding themselves publicly accountable for doing the right thing and inspiring all of us to do more,” says Deborah Gillis, president and CEO, Catalyst.
On International Women’s Day 2017, the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative was launched with Rockwell Automation as a founding partner. Together with Catalyst—a leading global nonprofit organization working to advance diversity, inclusion and gender equality at work—and other global companies, Rockwell Automation affirmed its commitment to accelerate this movement within its organization.