HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.
Volvo Car Thailand, led by Managing Director Anette Andersson, is the first Swedish company to join the HeForShe campaign, spearhead in Thailand by the Embassy of Sweden. With 37 employees, Volvo Car Thailand is in an excellent position to help change the Thai working environment. Excited about the movement ever since she first heard about it, and finally a part of HeForShe, she is a strong supporter of gender equality in her own company.
“HeForShe campaign fits very well with Volvo Cars’ corporate ideas. At Volvo, we include people from diverse competencies, backgrounds, experiences and personalities because we believe that everyone should have the same rights and equality of opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social background. And diversity and inclusion is an important means to build innovative and inclusive global cultures and global organization,” says Ms. Anette Andersson.
“We already have plans for how to implement actions against gender discrimination among the staff here and now have included gender equality education in the regular training given to the employees. We will also start looking at the employees’ contract of employment to see if there are any improvements to be made there. One change is already in motion; one of the male employees is just about to be the first ever in Volvo Thailand to go on paternity leave”
With all her dedication and inspiring work in the gender equality project, we think Ms. Anette Andersson will be a great role model in the HeForShe campaign, writes the Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok.