Applegreen joins 30% Club
Partnership is "a real enabler to continuing to progress our inclusion and diversity agenda," says Bob Etchingham, Applegreen CEO
3 March 2020
Applegreen has announced a new membership with 30% Club Ireland, an organisation that is committed to helping businesses grow through diversity and achieve better gender balance at all levels of the organisation.
Founded in 2010 in the UK, and established during 2015 in Ireland, it now has 262 member organisations and represents more than 600,000 employees in Ireland.
The 30% Club works with business to achieve better gender balance at all levels in leading Irish businesses. Over 260 Irish chairs and CEOs of leading businesses are supporters of the 30% Club Ireland. These leaders are committed to accelerating gender balance in their organisations through voluntary actions.
Applegreen recently developed a group-wide inclusion & diversity strategy with initiatives under way in each area. The company is making progress in the gender pillar; the number of female senior executives has doubled in the past 18 months and the company has a range of other gender initiatives in place from improved policies, female mentoring and development programmes and celebration of International Women’s Day with staff internally.
“We are delighted to join the 30% Club and see this partnership as a real enabler to continuing to progress our inclusion and diversity agenda,” said Bob Etchingham, Applegreen CEO. “We look forward to working with the members to share ideas and participate in some of the great programmes and initiatives the 30% Club gives us access to. The theme of the recent 30% Club annual conference was very insightful and we intend to make more progress on how we embed change culturally as we look forward.”
Rachel Hussey, chair of 30% Club Ireland and partner at Arthur Cox, added that she was delighted to welcome Applegreen to the organisation.
“The progress made to the gender balance at Applegreen over the last 18 months demonstrates to me the cultural shift to a specific focus, which in turn yields results,” Hussey said. “We look forward to developing our partnership and to support Applegreen with its ambitions and inclusion plans.”