Pledge for Parity: International Women's Day Event

March 8, 2018 18:30 - 20:30


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Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women's Day highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity in the workplace.

Across the world, British companies and organisations are striving hard to think, act and BE gender inclusive. Initiatives such as He For She, Male Champions of Change and Press for Progress have begun to produce concrete results in the public and private sectors. We are now seeing an increase in the number of women in positions of leadership and on boards, and also the closing of the gender pay gap.

Still there is much to be done.

The 2018 International Women's Day global theme is #PressforProgress. In collaboration with BCCJ member firms committed to the Diversity and Inclusion agenda, we want to take this further.

PledgeforParity: Bridging the Potential, Performance and Pay Gap

On the evening of March 8, at an event organized by the BCCJ in association with the British Embassy Tokyo, and sponsored by Barclays, a distinguished line-up of panelists will share with our audience progress their organisations are making in the area of gender equity – not only in the UK but in Japan, the Asia region, and globally.


Our panellists


Mark Dearlove, CEO Japan and Head of Markets Asia Pacific, Barclays
Supporting the development of social impact investment, managing charity investments and support communities through community investment and client philanthropy. 


Rachel King, Minister Counsellor, British Embassy Tokyo
The British government is committed to achieving gender equality at home and worldwide, and to a foreign policy that delivers for women and girls. The Foreign Secretary has appointed the UK’s first Special Envoy for Gender Equality, and 30% of senior diplomatic staff are now female.

Rachel Huf, Head of legal, Managing Director, and Asia Executive Committee member, Barclays
Rachel Huf is a Managing Director and head of legal Barclays Asia. She is a member of Barclays Asia Executive Committee. She was a founding member of Barclays’ Women’s Initiatives Network in Asia Pacific

Fulvio Guarneri, CEO, Unilever Japan
Fulvio is CEO of Unilever Japan. The firm is behind the very successful WAA (Work from Anywhere and Anytime) initiative which has made strides in empowering working women in Japan by bringing flexibility to workplace practices, and halting the trend of women retiring after marriage or childbirth. The scheme's "super flexi-time system" is designed with the big-picture goal of changing the way Japan works.

Naomi Hill, VP Global Financing (former CFO for IBM Europe), IBM
Naomi is the VP Global Financing for IBM, and former CFO for IBM Europe. She has extensive international corporate board level experience as a CFO and President, with over 30 years spent in Banking, Treasury and Finance. And she is the Chair of IBM's UK Charitable Trust - supporting and empowering local communities through its corporate responsibility strategy.

Yuka Okumura, HR Director, GSK Japan
Yuko Okumura is Corporate Officer for Human Resources, HR Country Head for, GSK in Japan, formerly head of the firm's Change Driving Office here in Tokyo. GSK is committed to inclusion and diversity as part of their values and expectations and being a modern employer setting the goal to create an inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity and characteristics of the communities in which they operate.


Men and women: welcome

Can men attend this event? YES! If there's one evening event you should attend this year, it's this one. Why? Now, more than ever, there's a groundswell to forge on and normalise gender parity. It is incumbent upon us all to make sure that, working in tandem with member firms, and our male champions of change, the BCCJ leads the charge towards more inclusive 21st century workplace that will benefit men and women alike.



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