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Gender inequality continues to be a major social issue in Korea, manifesting itself as significant gender gaps in earnings, labour market participation, and representation in government. The BCCK Policy programme, as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, focuses on “Women in Business” (WIB) as a key theme in 2019-2020.

The WIB Committee consists of executives, both men and women, of a number of BCCK member companies across a wide range of industries, including legal services, financial services, energy, marketing and aerospace, meeting on a regular basis to discuss key market access issues and agree on advocacy strategies.

Committees are invite only but are open to the inclusion of members of the BCCK.  If you are a BCCK member and are interested in joining the Committee, email Trade & Policy Coordinator, Heelim Seo at heelim.seo@bcck.or.kr.
If you would like to be involved, but are not a member, email members@bcck.or.kr to receive information on joining the Chamber.

Objectives

The Women In Business Committee serves the following objectives:

  • Educate: To provide a forum for industry leaders, both men and women, who are passionate about the issue, to discuss and share best practices.
  • Engage: To raise awareness of the issue, help develop women leaders in Korea, and promote greater inclusion of women at all levels of the Korean business community.
  • Network: To change the cultural and social norms around working women in Korea by emphasising how gender diversity impacts business profitability and productivity in Korea at large.

Structure

  • To participate in the WIB Committee, interested companies are required to be a BCCK member.
  • The WIB Committee consists of the following companies and organisations:
    • BCCK member companies
    • British Council representatives
    • British Embassy Seoul representatives
    • BCCK Policy Programme representatives
  • Within the WIB Committee, three separate pillars work on key initiatives aligned with the objectives of the Committee. The key initiatives include speaker events, networking events, mentorship programme, and social media marketing.
    • Pillar I: BCCK Network
      • To provide a forum for industry leaders including BCCK members to discuss and share best practices.
    • Pillar II: Outreach & Mentorship
      • To raise women leaders and promote greater inclusion of women at all levels of the Korean business community.
    • Pillar III: Policy & Advocacy
      • To raise awareness of the issue and effect change by liaising with the Korean Government.
  • Chairperson: Sam Harvey, Director, British Council Korea
  • For more information, please contact policy@bcck.or.kr.
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