When asked why he wanted to be the sponsor for our Women's Employee Network (WEN), Donny Simmons, president, Commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) North America and EMEA, said this:
“Women make a positive impact in virtually every aspect of Ingersoll Rand’s business. As a leader, I’ve seen studies that show that gender balance throughout an organization positively impacts its bottom line. Supporting gender parity is not just a good thing to do, or a popular thing to do – it’s the best thing we can do for our business.”
Honoring our women
March is Women’s History Month, and around the globe, Ingersoll Rand is celebrating it! On International Women’s Day on March 8, the company participated in webinars, lunch and learns, speaker panels, discussion groups and video messages. It also shared thoughts and success stories through its internal channells and externally via Ingersoll Rand's Twitter and Facebook social media channels.
“This year we’re doing something really meaningful: a Women of Ingersoll Rand campaign,” said Holly Paeper, vice president of Marketing for Commercial HVAC and WEN member. “It features some of our female leaders who are making history right here at Ingersoll Rand.”
On March 19, Ingersoll Rand will host a Women’s History Month panel discussion at its North American headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina, where several female leaders will discuss issues facing women in leadership positions today.
Why celebrate Women’s History Month?
Women’s History Month gives companies like Ingersoll Rand a chance to reflect on the progress it has made – and the progress that is yet to be. Like many organizations, Ingersoll Rand has made significant gains toward gender equality over several decades, but the defining moves in the past few years have been especially noteworthy.
For example, in 2017 Ingersoll Rand joined the Paradigm for Paritysm, pledging to bring gender parity to our global corporate leadership structure by 2030.
Also last year, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael W. Lamach, also joined more than 150 of America’s leading CEOs in a pledge to cultivate diversity and inclusion in the workplace, through the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™.
And its 2020 Targets for Corporate Citizenship spell out the company’s commitment to sponsor 20,000 females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related activities to foster their career interest. Ingersoll Rand created this target to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for gender equality.
“Ingersoll Rand’s commitment to gender equality is something that makes me proud to work here every day,” Simmons said. “I encourage everyone to celebrate Women’s History Month – within your teams, at your sites and on social media.”