After the initial success of Male Champions of Change Pakistan with leading Pakistani CEOs joining the global cohort of male leadership supporting gender equality, including CEO Telenor Pakistan, CEO Pepsi Co., CEO Serena Hotels, CEO Pakistan Microfinance Investment Corporation (PMIC), CEO EY Ford Rhodes amongst others, convenor MCC Pakistan and development expert Fiza Farhan meets and inducts CEO Interloop Limited, Navid Fazil.
The signing ceremony took place at Interloop’s Head office in Faisalabad, and was attended by Faryal Sadiq, Vice President Sales & Marketing, and Saira Taimur Khan, GM Strategic HR/Business Strategy, who together have been instrumental in bringing Interloop as Pakistan’s first local large business to the International Champions of Change Coalition representing 270+ CEOs from diverse sectors.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Navid Fazil and Interloop Pakistan to this global coalition of CEO’s and leaders working together to understand gender equality issues and lead action to accelerate progress in creating more inclusive and progressive organizations in Pakistan. While it is heartening to have a strong representation of CEO’s representing multinational companies and I thank them for their collective leadership, I feel that long-lasting and far-reaching change always comes from within, when the leadership of local businesses decides to step up beside women; challenging cultural, social and regulatory context to create unstoppable momentum for a gender equal Pakistan” said Fiza Farhan, convenor MCC Pakistan.
The Champions of Change Coalition is a globally recognized, innovative strategy for achieving gender equality, advancing more and diverse women in leadership, and building respectful and inclusive workplaces. In the strategy, men of power and influence step up beside women leaders. They form a high-profile Coalition to lead and be accountable for change on gender equality issues in their organizations and communities – be they local, national or global. The Pakistan Group was established in 2019and includes representatives from various sectors including FMCG, hospitality, telecommunications, information technology and software, micro-finance and sports organizations.
“In Pakistan, promoting gender equity is not only a business imperative, but also a social one. Despite cultural and legal barriers, we have set out to advance women throughout our organization and reap the benefits of a gender diverse workforce. We have made great progress but there is a long way to go and I am committed to continue on this journey helping building a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace,” said CEO Interloop Limited, Navid Fazil.