Urenco celebrates the achievements of women and expands its D&I programme
08 March 2021
Urenco has laid solid foundations in its commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation and is now extending its programme of activity, to ensure that diversity and inclusion is at the heart of its refreshed business strategy and future planning.
Today is International Women's Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women – and throughout the month of March Urenco’s diversity and inclusion team is organising a series of events and activities to further the conversation around gender equality and celebrate the achievements of women. The events include talks by prominent women in the nuclear industry and organisation-wide discussions about gender equality.
Improving the gender mix within the business is a priority for Urenco and goals are currently being updated around recruitment, succession and talent planning, awareness and training and executive sponsorship. Work is also now being expanded to include other critical areas of diversity and inclusion (D&I) beyond gender, and this will be announced later this year. D&I champions have been recruited across the organisation, and there has been a successful initial roll out of D&I awareness training. Other recent initiatives have included our first global conference for our D&I champions, held virtually last autumn.
Urenco has been involved with the UK Nuclear Sector deal since it launched in 2018 and is proud to have signed up to the commitment to reach a target of 40% women employed in nuclear by 2030. We are also an industry partner with Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear, a group that aims to provide useful, practical and balanced information and support around diversity and inclusion. As a global organisation, we will be exploring further commitments we can make across the different geographies where we are represented.
Emilie Isaacs, Urenco Head of Government Affairs, said: “Urenco is committed to increasing the proportion of women and other underrepresented groups within our business in the coming years and ensuring they can develop, succeed and make a significant leadership contribution to future business success. A more diverse team, where we can bring our whole selves to work and feel included, will mean positive progress for all.”
Ralf ter Haar, Urenco Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion, added: “Our people are the foundation of our business and strategy, and we are now moving up a gear in our focus on diversity and inclusion. We believe that by having a fully inclusive culture, an environment where all voices are heard and diversity can thrive, we will achieve positive change and ensure the long-term sustainability of our business.”
For more information, please read Urenco’s Diversity and Inclusion policy statement.
Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.
With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.
Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.