Energo-Pro, Georgia

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Engendering Industries Partner Profile

Energo-Pro serves 85 percent of the Georgian market and more than one million customers. Of its 6,000 employees, only 13 percent are women. USAID is proud to work with Energo-Pro in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

Since 1995, Georgia has been significantly improving and transforming its energy sector. The unbundling of generation, transmission, and distribution has contributed to the delivery of continuous electricity supply to nearly 100 percent of the country.

However, transformation of the energy sector from a gender equity perspective has been slower. While women in Georgia benefit from higher than average labor force participation rates—an estimated 58 percent, according to the International Labour Organization—women are not well represented in Georgia’s energy sector.

USAID is partnering with Energo-Pro through the Engendering Industries program to assist in the development of their tailored action plan to incorporate gender equality into their business practices. Energo-Pro’s HR specialists also took part in Engendering Industries’ customized Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, in partnership with Georgetown University. The program’s capstone project required participants to address methods to integrate gender equity into the HR employee lifecycle and utilize advanced change management approaches to maximize their company’s cultural evolution. This partnership has resulted in significant and substantial progress toward a gender-equitable future for the company.

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Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:45pm

Last updated: February 23, 2022