MAG reinforces its commitment to women’s empowerment principles

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) has announced that it has signed the CEO Statement for Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) with the support of UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia program funded by the European Union.

The WEPs are a set of principles offering guidance to businesses on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Established by the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women, these principles are informed by international labor and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that business has an interest in and responsibility for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In a press release, he explained that by signing the WEPs, MAG commits to advancing gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community by implementing several measures.

These included; establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination, and ensure health, safety and the well-being of all workers, women and men.

It also aims to promote education, training and professional development for women, to implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women, and to promote gender equality. through community initiatives and advocacy.

It strives to measure and publicly report on progress towards achieving gender equality.

Captain Izham Ismail, Group Managing Director Malaysia Airlines Bhd, said: “At MAG, we celebrate diversity and promote equality of gender, race, religion and age at all times.

“The leadership team and I are committed to ensuring that every woman and man has an equal opportunity to succeed at MAG on the basis of merit.

“Therefore, we will strengthen group-wide efforts to foster, cultivate and preserve a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion that is an integral part of the way MAG works. We also empower women within the organization by creating a voluntary social group, the MAG Women’s Associated Group, to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment that drives the company’s mission, values ​​and goals.

UN Women Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mohammad NACIRI, said: “We congratulate MAG for taking the first step in its journey towards the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

“We view the private sector as a partner in closing gender gaps in the world of work and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that companies that implement these principles hold great potential to advance gender equality. »

In February 2021, MAG joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 25by2025 initiative to champion gender balance and create new career opportunities for women within MAG and the aviation industry . This is also reflected in their strong support for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Mara R. Wilmoth