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22 September 2020
New guide on Best Practices for Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment
Last month, the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program released a new guide on Best 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.
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.
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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