SIX hosted the “ANNUAL WOMEN IN ETF GLOBAL BELL RINGING” event for International Women’s Day. For the fifth time in succession, the bell rang for International Women’s Day at the Swiss stock exchange. More than 75 stock exchanges around the world joined together to draw attention to the issue of gender diversity on this day. “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” is a partnership between the UN Global Compact, the International Finance Corporation, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, UN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs.
The motto for this year’s event for International Women’s Day was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. Accordingly, in her keynote speech Dr. Doris Aebi (founder and owner of aebi+kuehni AG, specialists in executive search and board consulting) talked about “Economy in flux – what does it mean for gender diversity?”. She explained why Switzerland remains a laggard in the equality of women and men at work and what effect digitalization might have on gender equality. In addition, Dr. Doris Aebi provided some tips for career planning.
The issue of “Gender diversity – from awareness to action” was taken up by the panel discussion that followed. Susanne Berger (SIX, Chief HR Officer) led the debate between Yvonne Seitz-Strittmatter (AXA Winterthur, Head Diversity & HR Business Partner Distribution and Internal Audit), Paula Langer (Credit Suisse, Diversity & Inclusion) and Dr. Doris Aebi. The focus was on management skills of the future and how management culture needs to change to make gender diversity possible.
“I am delighted that on International Women’s Day we at SIX are demonstrating both internally and externally through this event that gender diversity is an important issue for us that we seek to continue to promote,” said Susanne Berger at the end of the event and just before trading was opened by the participants.
> Read the media statement from SIX here: here