Brussels. On December 3rd, JUMP, in partnership with Coca-Cola Enterprises Belgium, granted its Wo.Men@Work Award for the fourth time. The prize-winner 2013 is Janneke van der Kamp, CEO Novartis Belgium & Luxembourg. She was rewarded by the jury and the public for her implication in favour of gender balance between women and men in the management of her organisation.
Janneke van der Kamp, CEO Novartis Belgium & Luxembourg, reached the same rate of feminine manager as employees thanks to an ambitious Human Ressources programme launched in 2007. Janneke is an atypical CEO: at the age of 38, she is a chemist and a violinist. She leaves work at 5:30 pm to be able to spend time with her two children. But she often takes back at 8:30 pm. She pays attention to stimulate her teams by putting forward the positive.
“I put all my effort in creating a corporate culture of inclusion, which recognises and values the individual differences, such as gender. This allows all our collaborators to be themselves, to give the best and to evolve professionally, while leaving them the time to take care of their family and so to find a sustainable balance between professional and private life.”
The two other nominees were Laurence Einsweiler, Legal Affairs Director chez Pfizer, and Michel Croisé, de CEO Sodexo Belgium. They were elected further to a public’s vote, via the website www.womenatworkaward.be. The votes from the public accounted for 40% for the final selection, the vote of the jury for the remaining 60%.
THE BELGIAN WOMEN STILL UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE ECONOMIC CIRCLES
In spite of obvious progresses, particularly in terms of political representation thanks to the quotas, Belgium is still lying about on the 34th place of the classification of the World Economic Forum which measures women’s participation and the possibility to use their talents in the economy. In Belgium, contrary to the situation in France, companies which do not respect the laws concerning professional equality are not (yet) punished. In this context, a price which encourages the innovative initiatives regarding coeducation takes an even more important dimension.
4 VALUABLE YEARS OF THE AMBASSADOR OF THE PROFESSIONAL EQUALITY
By creating the Wo.Men@Work Award, JUMP wants to move the professional equality agenda along, through the promotion of a business leader who provides the necessary energy and means to obtain a greater balance between women and men within the management of her or his company. The person who wins the award thus becomes the ambassador of professional equality for one year, with the goal of encouraging other business leaders to do the same, sharing her or his recipes and promoting the work done by her or his teams.
Ambassador 2013 and prize-winner 2012 is Tom Declercq, Managing Partner Talent Deloitte Belgium : “Next to the personal recognition, the Wo.Men@Work Award provided me with an even bigger platform to open up the discussion about gender diversity in the wider business world. I not only shared my own experiences at Deloitte, but also gained more insight into how other business leaders work on gender challenges at their companies. I like doing this because we have a story to tell about the importance of diversity as part of our vision on inclusive leadership. The theme was first put on the agenda in 2007. Since then our firm has become much more diverse. It is one of our key differentiators. Winning the award has helped underpin our authority in terms of gender diversity both internally and externally.”
A vision shared by Isabella Lenarduzzi, Founder and Managing Director JUMP : ”Meritocracy will not be reached without an in-depth change in culture and practices within each company. Change requires passion and commitment. It is the attitude of the leaders that will inspire the rest of the management and that will guarantee achieving the objectives. This is the reason why JUMP created the Wo.Men@Work Award with Coca-Cola Enterprises Benelux in order to celebrate the leaders who are committed and to choose the best amongst them to become the ambassador of professional equality amongst her or his peers.”
Following 4 editions of the Wo.Men@Work Award with 44 companies applying, 12 nominees and 4 ambassadors, the expert, Marc Timmerman, Managing Partner at Axiom Consulting Partners Europe,was able to draw the following conclusions:
“A fourth edition under the auspices of Coca-Cola, a company in which gender balance are not empty words”
Following two years spent in the jury as “Vice President & General Manager” for Coca-Cola Enterprises Benelux, Ben Lambrecht has committed his company as a partner of this Award. He has been serving in the same position for the past few months in France: “Coca-Cola Enterprises Belgium is the co-organizer of JUMP’s Wo.Men@Work Award. We are happy to make this commitment because we feel that a sound gender balance is essential for the dynamic and inclusive company culture that we are advocating for. Over the past 4 years, the number of women having served in top ranking managerial positions in our company has grown from 6% to 39%. Our ultimate goal is to reach, by 2020, 45% of our women employees.”
Deadline for applying
Start of the pre-selection process
Evaluation of all applications by our expert, Marc Timmerman
Selection of 3 finalists
First Jury meeting
Interview of the 3 finalists
Public online vote
Jury final evaluation
The 3 finalists will be invited to the Award Ceremony and receive equal attention whereby each candidacy and case will be presented to the audience
We thank our partners