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New guide on Best Practices for Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment 

Last month, the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program released a new guide oBest Practices for Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment, as a resource to advance gender equality in the wind industry. This guide aims to support employers in clean energy in adopting a diversity lens to strengthen their hiring practices, and ultimately increase the dynamism and competitiveness of the global wind energy workforce.

A 2020 report by IRENA and the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program shows that women represent only 21 per cent of the global wind energy workforce, and only 8 per cent of its senior management. The newly released guide aims to support employers in the wind sector to integrate diversity and inclusion principles into their hiring practices, and combat inequalities in talent recruitment, representation, pay and advancement. 

As more renewable energy jobs will be created in the coming years on the path to a green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, gender diversity must be a priority to ensure a just recovery that attracts top talent, innovation and skills to drive the global energy transition.

A more diverse workforce will accelerate progress and innovation at a time when the wind industry has a vital role to play in driving green economic recovery globally. Integrating diversity and inclusion principles into companies’ recruitment, career development and succession planning processes will have a huge positive impact on their ability to compete and lead the way towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Mary Thorogood, Women in Wind Mentor and Senior Specialist, Strategy and Business, GSR Business Development, MHI Vestas

The guide focuses on three key areas: inclusive recruitment; inclusive application and selection processes; and diverse workplaces. Recommendations include:

  • Re-considering workforce representation at recruitment forums.
  • Employing targeted outreach and encouraging employee referrals.
  • Standardising and diversifying shortlist selection processes.
  • Supporting diversity during the interview process.
  • Implementing wider diversity policies, such as collection of gender-disaggregated data, merit-based promotion, and equal pay.
Rather than providing a set of hard rules, the guide outlines broad recommendations that can be adapted to job requirements and local market contexts, to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
 This guide belongs to a series of Best Practices guides and resources published by the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program to advance the role of women as agents of change in society and the energy transition. The full guide can be downloaded here.

Share your thoughts on the importance of a diverse workforce in the clean energy industry with [email protected] or posting on social media using the hashtag #WomeninWind.

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