Shell Ukraine has signed up for UN Women’s global solidarity movement for gender equality - HeForShe. Shell is the first international energy company to declare its readiness to contribute to achieving gender equality and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine.
"Gender equality is integral to high social and economic standards. It is what marks out a progressive business. My personal commitment as a business leader to build a diverse and gender-balanced Shell Ukraine team depends on providing professional opportunities to my staff according to their capability and aspirations regardless of gender. In Shell Ukraine, women already hold 50% of senior positions. I am proud that Shell has joined the HeForShe initiative,” says Peter Kerekgyarto, General Director of Shell Ukraine.
In 2021 Shell Ukraine signed he Women's Empowerment Principles, initiated by the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Since 2020 the company has been a member of the UN Global Compact Network.
“Based on UN analysis, current estimates suggest that workplace and economic gender equality won’t be achieved until 2095 in the world. We can’t wait that long. That’s why we are so pleased that Shell Ukraine has joined our network for gender equality as a HeForShe supporter. A non-discriminatory and inclusive work environment that promotes equal opportunities is a prerequisite for the success and sustainability of any organization. UN Women Ukraine stands ready to support private businesses that champion gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and in the community”, said Sabine Freizer Gunes, Representative of UN Women Ukraine.
“In Shell Ukraine, we are ready to share our experience and practical advice on creating such a corporate culture, in which values like trust, transparency, teamwork, professionalism, as well as the principles of honesty and respect for people are observed and embodied in reality”, add Peter Kerekgyarto. At the same time, gender balance is maintained in all respects, each employee has equal opportunities in Shell. The company always strives to support women in professional development and improvement of leadership skills. From 2022 onwards Shell Ukraine also launched long-term relationship-oriented mentoring program for its employees to help their professional development. Half of the 10 employees who have benefited so far are women.
Shell is a global energy group with 93,000 employees in more than 70 countries. The company uses advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. Shell also invests in power, including from low-carbon sources such as wind and solar; and new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen.
Shell entered the Ukrainian mobility market in 2007. Since then, Shell has built a network of 132 fuel sites across Ukraine. Shell in Ukraine employees around 1600 people. Shell in Ukraine is offering its customers high-quality motor fuel products, including Shell V-Power fuel, diesel & LPG, as well as a solid range of convenience retail goods, food products & beverages.
About UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations agency for gender equality and women's empowerment, established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.
The global initiative, HeForShe, is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change. Since its launch in 2014, heads of state, leading scientists, heads of global corporations, athletes, artists and community leaders who share the philosophy of gender equality have joined the campaign. In Ukraine, the movement was launched in 2018.