Britain’s leading live events company, NEC Group, has signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge.
The pledge marks the NEC Group’s commitment to recognizing that menopause can be an issue in the workplace and how the company will talk about menopause openly, positively and respectfully.
54% of the NEC Group workforce is female, and nationally women make up almost half of the UK workforce. Many women may feel forced to cut back their hours at work, pass up promotions and even quit their jobs due to a lack of support during menopause. The Group aims to limit this by actively supporting and informing affected employees.
Led by women’s charity Wellbeing of Women, the Menopause Workplace Pledge encourages organizations to take positive action to ensure everyone going through the menopause is supported.
The NEC Group – which operates many premium live events venues in Birmingham – drives an inclusive and values-based corporate culture for its staff, ensuring equal opportunities for all.
Melanie Smith CBE, CEO of NEC Group said: “We are proud to sign the Menopause Workplace Pledge. Our colleagues at NEC Group deliver excellent live events, made possible by our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that every colleague should be able to bring the best out of themselves to their work. The Menopause Workplace Pledge will support this commitment and address some of the unique challenges women face in the workplace.”
Claire Bond, Group HR Director at NEC Group said: “By announcing this on World Menopause Day we want to raise awareness, break myths and highlight the support we have available for colleagues across the NEC Group.
“Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, and it is critical that we create a supportive and understanding environment for our colleagues who may be going through this important life transition.”
This commitment marks a step forward in the Group’s ESG ‘Better Events’ plan. One of the three key focus pillars, ‘better for all’, aims to make a positive impact on colleagues, stakeholders and local communities to ensure a proud legacy continues.