The Ten Steps provides a framework to help firms improve the recruitment, retention and progression of women. This sets out a series of practical measures that companies can take to ensure they are fully benefitting from the potential of women scientists and engineers.
The Ten Steps is an initiative led by industry and designed specifically for science, technology and engineering employers. It addresses how best to remove the sometimes complex barriers that can stand in the way of real equality of opportunity and how to develop a genuinely inclusive culture.
Most employers will recognise that this is not merely a matter of good management practice. It is a business imperative – something that business cannot afford to ignore. But finding the best solutions is not always easy. And this is where the Ten Steps can help, offering structured support and advice and allowing companies to learn from the experience of others.
Each of the Ten Steps is designed to drive company performance. Many organisations are already taking some of these steps. Some are tackling all of them. But even for those companies most ahead, there is always more to be done to maximise the contribution women make to the business.
Support for the Ten Steps is growing. Many high-profile organisations came on board early – and we are now looking for more companies to join in and follow their lead.