The business is working towards having women make up 50% of its senior management roles by 2030.
This ambition was set by Greene King’s executive board, which forms part of its wider Diversity and Inclusion strategy and is supported by Greene Sky – its women’s focused employee-led inclusion group.
Clair Preston-Beer, Greene King pubs managing director and Greene Sky’s executive board sponsor, said the pubco recognised it was on a journey to everyday inclusion, where all people can be embraced and valued for who they are so they can reach their full potential and thrive.
She said the pledge was the first step in the right direction to working towards delivering greater gender parity.
“With our ongoing inclusion activity, developing existing and attracting new talent, along with further policy improvements, I believe we have solid plans in place to make change become a reality,” she added.
Greene Sky’s ambition is to help more women shape the future of the business. It is composed of women and allies across all levels of the company. As well as advising on current issues faced by team members, its role is to encourage female empowerment and inclusion across all of Greene King.
Many programmes are underway at the company which work towards developing and nurturing existing talent to aid better succession planning, as well as introducing inclusive hiring training aimed at driving more women into its recruitment pipeline.
Initiatives already in place including Reverse Mentoring, Female Mentoring and Inclusive Leadership training, as well as a new maternity policy last year.
“Although International Women’s Day was a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic female success stories within Greene King, supporting and developing women is a constant, ongoing focus for us,” Preston-Beer continued.
She added: “Through Greene Sky’s four-part focus: celebrating women, promoting careers, making a stand on sexism and educating on menopause, we’re ensuring Greene King continues to be inclusive and ultimately successful through 2023 and beyond.”
As well as internal policy changes, Greene Sky also supports initiatives outside of the business, such as ‘Reach Next Generation’, a series of summits held by Reach – an organisation committed to helping women achieve their ambitions.