A century ago, we rejoiced as the suffragette movement succeeded in achieving women’s rights to vote in the UK. With 2018 coming to an end, it leaves us reflecting on the progress we have made since then. How do we fare in gender equality in London’s cleantech industry? How can we expand and support the community of women in the city’s cleantech start-ups scene?
The ‘Women in Cleantech’ strand of London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC)’s Cleantech and Innovation work are committed to address these issues in its new action plan of December 2018.
A recent study by McKinsey & Company concluded that gender and ethnic diversity have a strong positive correlation with profitability but women and minorities are still underrepresented. LSDC aims to increase gender diversity and inclusion and help London’s fast growing cleantech sector reach its full potential.
We’ve harboured the same beliefs about diversity and gender equality since the very beginning, winning the Althea Imperial Programme 2016 where we participated with our 50/50 female/male ratio on the founding team. We hugely support LSDC’s work and will continue working side by side to improve this together as a community.