By AZALEA AZUAR / Pic by TMR FILE PIX
The Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has signed a CEO Statement for Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) to commit towards gender equality in the workforce, marketplace and community.
With this, the group would establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality; treat both women and men staff equally; ensure the well-being and safety of both men and women staff; promote education; provide training and professional development for women; implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women; promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
This effort was also supported by the European Union-funded WeEmpowerAsia programme of UN Women.
These principles were established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women who believed that businesses are not only responsible for empowering women and advocating for gender equality, but also have a stake in them.
According to Malaysia Airlines Bhd group CEO Captain Izham Ismail (picture), they celebrate diversity at MAG and drive not just gender equality but also that of race, religion and age at all times.
“The management team is committed to ensuring that every woman and man will have equal opportunity to succeed in MAG based on merit.
“Hence, we shall strengthen group-wide efforts towards fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion that is integral to MAG’s way of working,” he said.
They are also empowering women within the organisation by establishing the MAG Women’s Associated Group to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment that drives the company’s mission, values, and objectives.
UN Women for Asia and Pacific regional director Mohammad Naciri congratulated MAG for moving forward on their WEP journey.
“We look at the private sector as partners in closing gender gaps at work and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
“We know that companies that implement these principles offer great potential for advancing gender equality,” he added.
Apart from signing the WEP, MAG has also championed for gender equality by participating in the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25 by 2025 initiative in February this year, which also created more career opportunities for women in the MAG and aviation industry.
This is also aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs, which the organisation has prioritised their efforts for four out of 17 of them as part of the MAG Sustainability Blueprint.