Women in board seats are poorly represented in many companies and sectors. Delhaize Group is committed to supporting diversity and addressing this gender gap, and one of the initiatives toward this goal is a partnership with Belgian organization “Women on Board”. The mission “Women on Board” assigned to itself is to raise awareness, to promote access for women to directorship roles and create a pool of talented executive women who they connect with private and public enterprises.
In parallel, “Women on board” and Guberna, the leading Belgian organization on corporate governance, have jointly developed a mentorship program whereby an experienced director mentors a female executive during one year on how to be an effective board member.
By tapping into the wealth of experience of board members of the partnering companies such as Delhaize, through mentoring and training, Women on Board provides members with the unique chance to access company boardrooms and to discover career opportunities.
Supplying women on boards starts by accelerating the presence of women in high levels of management. At Delhaize, despite not having yet a woman on our Executive Committee, we show a record that is getting stronger, with three Banner President positions – including the most important one – filled by women. Across the organization women represent roughly 51% of our workforce. To put it simply, diversity in our business is a necessity.
Claire Babrowski is currently Delhaize Group’s sole woman on the board. Let’s hear her point of view on the role of boards in strategy, on the composition of boards and on differences between EU and US boards.
We were happy to hear Claire say that there is passion in the Delhaize Group Board for the food retail business. This is not by coincidence. The company is genuinely committed to making progress in supporting a workforce and governance that reflect the diversity of our customer base.
This commitment is directly evidenced by an intense search for women candidates for our board, and more indirectly evidenced by our partnership with “Women on Board”.