While the seafood industry is still heavily male-dominated, it is moving in the right direction. Grieg Seafood climbed to an 8th place on the SHE Index for 2019.
“We have a very long way to go before we have reached gender equality both in the industry and in Grieg Seafood. That goes particularly for employment in production. We are, however, working systematically to get women into the company and into management positions,” says Andreas Kvame, CEO of Grieg Seafood.
The accounting and consulting firm EY and the Norwegian gender equality firm SHE is behind the SHE Index, which measures gender balance and gender equality in companies. The Index is scoring companies based on the gender balance in management teams on different levels, as well as the company’s policies to improve female representation in management.
From the seafood industry, Bremnes Seashore and AKVA group have also decided to participate in the SHE Index.
The industry must roll up its sleeves
Andreas Kvame believes that the seafood companies have been single minded in recruitment for too long, and that the industry must start rolling up its sleeves.
“Over the next years, the aquaculture industry will develop a great number of new solutions aimed at reducing our environmental footprint and improving fish welfare. We need the most talented people, regardless of gender, age and other backgrounds,” Kvame states.
“Diversity is not only the right thing to do. It definitely also serves our own interests.”
So far, the SHE Index is comprised of Norwegian companies. EY and the SHE is, however, working to expand it to international businesses as well. They are soon launching the SHE Index for India.
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