Ukrenergo, Ukraine

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Ukrenergo is Ukraine’s sole electricity transmission operator and employs over 8,000 people. Only 23 percent of Ukrenergo’s employees are women.
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Ukrenergo is Ukraine’s sole electricity transmission operator and employs over 8,000 people. Only 23 percent of Ukrenergo’s employees are women.

When women serve as leaders and employees, businesses benefit and company performance improves. USAID’s Engendering Industries program works to increase women’s participation in male-dominated sectors globally. In 2021, Engendering Industries partnered with Ukrenergo—a Ukranian power utility—to design workplace initiatives that will expand job opportunities for women and enhance the utility’s performance. The utility is Ukraine’s sole electricity transmission operator, and employs over 8,000 people, of which 23 percent are women. Recognizing that diverse teams build better businesses, Ukrenergo is partnering with USAID to increase gender equality across the company and encourage more women to enter Ukraine’s energy sector.

Gender Equality in Action at Ukrenergo

Engendering Industries uses a globally-recognized evidence-based methodology to support women’s participation in Ukraine’s energy sector. The program supports Ukrenergo to increase opportunities for women by introducing gender equality initiatives at each phase of the employee lifecycle—from reducing gender bias at the hiring stage, to creating strategies that will help retain female talent. Engendering Industries is supporting Ukrenergo towards their goal of advancing gender equality within the organization.

A dedicated change management coach supports the utility and works directly with three staff to become agents of change within Ukrenergo. A baseline assessment is conducted to identify gaps and opportunities for improving gender equality across the company. The findings are used to develop a strategic action plan that will facilitate Ukrenergo’s gender equality goals. This is supplemented by the program’s partnership with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, which delivers the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program (GEELP) to three utility employees. The GEELP is a best-in-class 12-month executive course that empowers decision-makers to integrate gender equality initiatives into their corporate structure.

Engendering Industries will also work to support and accelerate existing gender equality initiatives underway at Ukrenergo, including:

  • Strengthening its STEM for Girls program, which Ukrenergo started in 2019 to help improve girls’ participation in STEM-related programs and build the future energy sector talent pipeline.
  • Expanding gender equitable recruitment practices, which the utility has initiated to improve gender parity as well as representation among different ages and nationalities. Ukrenergo has set a target to achieve 35 percent women at the utility by 2028.
  • Continuing to train staff on gender equality, which Ukrenergo first started under the USAID Energy Security Project in 2019.

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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.

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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