Statement on International Women’s Day 2023
Commenting on International Women’s Day 2023, Katy Neep, Gender Director at Business in the Community said:
“Today is a day to take stock of how far we have come on women’s rights, but it is also a reminder that we still have a long way to go. While there has been progress, it has been slow – an 18-year old woman starting work today will not see pay equality in her working lifetime. 
“The cost and accessibility of childcare is a big issue for parents, with many women feeling the brunt of this pay and progression compared to men. Research shows that over the last year, there has been a five per cent rise in the number of women leaving the workforce to look after family. There are many things employers can do to prevent the caring gap impacting women, such as offering flexible working and equal parental leave. Employers need to understand what the drivers of inequalities are and ensure that out-of-date workplace policies and practices are not unconsciously adding to the problem.” 
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Business in the Community (BITC) and our network of business members are leading a movement to create a fair and sustainable world in which to live in work. Formed in 1982, and with His Majesty King Charles III as our Royal Founding Patron, we are the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We work and campaign with more than 600 members to continually grow their responsible business practices, uniting our efforts for greater social and environmental impact in our communities.