In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, ProjectiveGroup hosted a company-wide breakfast meeting on Tuesday 8th March and were thrilled to be joined by guest speaker, Giulia Marzetti. Giulia is an engineer specialising in sustainable infrastructure and diversity in the workforce who has been a speaker and delegate at events including the UN Conference of Parties, UNECE, and the G-STIC conference in Brussels.
This year, the United Nations observed International Women’s Day under the theme of ‘gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’, recognising the role of women around the world who are leading the charge on climate action in order to build a more sustainable future for all.
As Giulia highlighted, the issue of climate change has had, and continues to have, major impacts on our environment and society, however it is women who are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to these impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources that are in threat.
At the same time, women and girls make powerful leaders in the fight against climate change, which is why it is essential that they have equal opportunities to contribute to decision-making on environmental and sustainability issues.
As a specialist in both sustainability and diversity, Giulia delivered an extremely pertinent, insightful, and interactive session for ProjectiveGroup employees based on the importance of these two issues within the workplace, and how and why we should help to promote them day-to-day. She also shared her eye-opening personal journey and experiences in the traditionally male-dominated field of engineering, and how this has shaped her current outlook and goals.
As Giulia explained, aside from the obvious environmental benefits, promoting sustainability at work can help to engage and retain employees, boost productivity, and manage both cost and risk. Similarly, having a diverse and inclusive organisation can help to empower staff, deliver value, and improve external reputation and credibility.
Diversity and inclusion are both terms that we hear being used increasingly frequently in the workplace, but to demonstrate what they really mean in practice, Giulia shared this quote:
“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Giulia emphasised that each and every one of us can help encourage inclusivity in our places of work and beyond, and that it is this collective effort that will make a real difference in the world.
This year’s International Women’s Day was an important opportunity to reflect on what we can do – on and individual and organisational level – to foster an inclusive and sustainable workforce that benefits both our people and our planet.
You can connect with Giulia Marzetti here.