KARACHI: Standard Chartered under its Diversity & Inclusion platform joined hands with the British Deputy High Commission today, to host a panel discussion titled “Celebrating Pakistani women: the importance of diversity for business growth” at the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi.
The panellists included: Mr. Shazad Dada, CEO Standard Chartered Pakistan, Ms. Gillian Atkinson, Deputy Head of Mission, British Deputy High Commission, Ms. Doris Honold, Business Chief Operating Officer, Standard Chartered Bank Dr. Sadia Rizvi, CEO, South City Hospital and Mr. Aliuddin Ansari, CEO, Engro Corporation. The participants engaged in a discussion which highlighted the contribution of women in Pakistan and aimed to recognise the challenges women face around the world.
The Bank’s diversity, in both its people and the market, is a strength that differentiates it from its competitors. By capitalising on the advantage of the natural diversity and making inclusion an organisational strength, the Bank aims to create sustainable competitive advantage which enables it to deliver superior business results.
As the Bank aspires to be a leader in gender diversity, supporting women in the workplace, as clients and in the community, Standard Chartered remains committed to be ‘Here for good’ in the markets where it operates, and is determined to make a difference not only to help women fulfil their potential as leaders in the Bank, but to also play a critical role with its clients and communities in supporting and furthering the role of women in every society, including Pakistan.
Commenting on the discussion, Mr. Shazad Dada, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Pakistan said, “Women are an integral part of our organisation. In Pakistan 22 percent of our workforce are women. I am delighted to be part of this session today, which has not only raised awareness of the challenges women face in the workplace and the community, but have also discussed potential solutions to address these challenges. We do not only value the contribution of our female talent, but remain committed to be ‘Here for good’ in the communities where we operate, supporting and furthering the role of women in Pakistan.”
Mr. John A. Tucknott MBE, British Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi said, “The economic empowerment of women is important to the development of every country. Equality of opportunity is necessary not only for women to achieve fully their own potential, but also to be drivers of prosperous economies and inclusive societies. To this end, today’s discussions provided a unique opportunity to understand, first-hand, the challenges women face in business, and how they can be overcome.”
The forum discussed various organisational models for workplace enhancement to construct alternate promotional systems for women; career tracks that will complement work-life balance, mentoring and general development.