Our proven Ten Steps Framework is an industry-led campaign that aims to ensure women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers have the same opportunities to thrive as men.
Meaningful change can only be accomplished by working together to remove gender bias, to increase the number of female role models in the industry, and to level the playing field for women wanting to progress in STEM. The programme is supported by numerous high-profile businesses across the UK who have pledged to recruit, retain and develop female talent.
A key benefit of becoming a Ten Steps signatory is access to our Ten Steps diagnostic tool which will identify ten key areas where your business can improve gender balance to help you foster a truly inclusive culture. The tool is complemented by many practical resources including inspiring case studies and best practice from industry changemakers. You’ll also be invited to take part in our annual Measuring Progress Event, which allows you to track your progress and share learnings with others.
Companies that have submitted results for our annual benchmarking event since 2016 have seen cultural change and increased their Ten Steps scores by an average of 30% over that time.
What are the WISE Ten Steps?
What is the origin of the Ten Steps?
In February 2014, WISE met industry partners at Number 10 Policy Unit in a bid to understand how what a holistic initiative to improve gender balance in STEM might look like.
The Ten Steps framework emerged from that meeting and subsequent conversations. This is a framework or programme that provides a co-ordinated set of actions that STEM employers can use to improve diversity in their workforce based on lessons learnt by other organisations.
The Ten Steps comprises ten distinct challenges or pain points for companies looking to create cultural change, it has also been designed with company performance and the business case for diversity in mind. A commitment to all ten steps will make a positive difference to diversity within your organisation, as well as its overall competitive standing.