EqualVoice United keeps growing

The EqualVoice United network initiated by Ringier is growing. A year after its founding, five more Swiss companies joined yesterday: major bank Credit Suisse, communications and consulting company Farner, insurance group Helvetia, the entertainment company Energy group Switzerland and sports brand On.

The EqualVoice United network was launched a year ago to promote gender equality in business, in line with the fifth of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The network emerged from the Ringier EqualVoice initiative, which is committed to increasing the visibility of women in the media.

Working together to make gender equality a reality in the Swiss working world: Yesterday, January 31, 2023, major bank Credit Suisse, communications and consulting company Farner, insurance group Helvetia, the entertainment company Energy group Switzerland, and the sports brand On made a public commitment to this principle, too.

Besides Ringier, another ten well-known companies have been involved since January 2022: Bank Cler, Ebay, the Insel Group, ISS, Mastercard, Migros, Oerlikon, Swiss Post, Sunrise/UPC, and Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland.

Annabella Bassler, CFO of Ringier and initiator of the Ringier EqualVoice initiative, says, «We’re stronger together. That’s why I’m delighted that other companies from a range of industries are joining EqualVoice United this year and demonstrating their desire to stand up for and promote the important issue of gender equality.»

They have newly signed the EqualVoice Charter (from left to right): Simona Scarpaleggia (EDGE), Regula Bührer Fecker (Farner Consulting AG), Hamiyet Dogan (Helvetia), Annabella Bassler (Ringier), Tali Zimmerman-Baer and Melissa Schmidiger (in representation for Credit Suisse), Sahra Kaboli-Nejad and Bianca Pestalozzi (On), Nicole Dechev (Energy group Switzerland)

Photo: Philippe Rossier, 31.1.2023, Zürich, EqualVoice United C-Level Breakfast.

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications

About EqualVoice

The initiative was launched by CFO Annabella Bassler in November 2019, and is chaired by publisher Michael Ringier and CEO Marc Walder. Its aim is to advocate gender equality and improve the visibility of women in the media. The central element of the initiative is an indicator known as the EqualVoice factor. Further projects related to EqualVoice include the Female Experts List, Ringier’s internal tool for finding female experts, the EqualPyx photo challenge, aimed at generating images with more diversity, and the female experts workshop ‘Get Ready – Go Forward’, which supports women in making the most of their expertise. An international expansion of the EqualVoice factor to include other media brands is planned for the near future. www.equalvoice.ch

About Ringier

Ringier is a Media- and Technology Company Swiss by nature. The Group includes over 130 companies operating numerous leading media brands, digital platforms, and marketplaces. Ringier addresses every walk of life and touches the lives of millions of people – every day in 19 countries. 73 percent of operating profit comes from the digital sector. This puts Ringier in the group of leading European media companies. The family-owned enterprise believes in entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation, trust and courage for nearly 190 years. In a world that’s becoming ever more complex and challenging, Ringier`s mission is to keep interest alive and to ensure that customers, users, or readers never lose sight of what connects them: We create interest in the world around you – and beyond. www.ringier.com