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Braskem, largest petrochemical company in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, announces it has signed WEPs - Women’s Empowerment Principles, an initiative of the UN Women and Global Pact created to encourage gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace and in the communities. The support was formalized this Friday (August 7), in a ceremony with the presence of Adriana Carvalho, advisor for Empowerment of Women at UN, Renata Welinski, CEO of Rede Brasileira (Brazilian Network) of the Global Pact and the vice-president of Personnel and Organization at Braskem, Marcelo Arantes. 

In order to participate in the program, Braskem is committed to comply with the seven principles that allow women’s full presence and activity in the workplace and in the community. In this scenario, the company recognizes that gender equality has to occur from the recruitment process up to the option of leadership positions. 

“Women are increasingly taking decision-making positions in companies. It is a slow – certainly much slower than we would like it to happen –, but significant evolution. By adhering to these principles, Braskem reaffirms its commitment to being against early judgments it and demonstrates that investing in women is not only a question of social justice, but it is also a smart strategy for business”, says Camila Dantas, director of Personnel & Organization. 

The presence of women in the leadership of the petrochemical company grows approximately 1.5% per year and, currently, women occupy 22% of the company’s leadership positions. In the programs for young people, which are the main entrance to the company, women has been gaining greater participation, representing 58% of students in University Trainee Programs, and 29% in Technical Degree Programs. 

By Anticipating this global commitment, the company released, in April, the program “Mulheres na Braskem” (Women at Braskem), which enhances the opportunities for professional development through the review of practices and processes, creating a greater support structure to its members. There are a range of adopted actions, such as: increase of the extension of maternity leave from four to six months, in addition to a program to support both maternity and paternity, the assessment of working conditions for women in the industrial units, the development of rates that measure the development of women at Braskem and the Braskem Forum of Women, a place for exchange of experiences about life and career between female leaders and members.