Event Details

The topic of the 6th Sustainability Committee meeting will be on actions that companies can take to promote gender, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Philippines is among the countries with the highest number of women in leadership roles, and 39% of senior management roles are occupied by women in 2022 according to Grant Thornton International Ltd.'s Women in Business research. However, issues persist related to low labour force participation rate, unequal compensation, and other constraints facing women workers. How can your company ensure gender, diversity, and inclusion in your workplace, and promote SDG 5 on Gender Equality?

We have invited Ms. Lotis Ramin, Country President, AstraZeneca Philippines,Ms. Joan Gonzalez, Country Recruitment Manager, H&M, and Mr. Lester Nazarene Ople, Sprout HR Evangelist to speak.

Ms. Ramin will speak about gender equality and inclusive leadership in the workplace. AstraZeneca is close to reaching its goal of gender equality in management positions, with 48.1% occupied by women in 2021.

Ms. Gonzalez will share their overall inclusion and diversity strategy within the H&M Group, as 72% of management positions are occupied by female employees, along with the local actions taken in the Philippines.

Mr. Ople will share their work on gender equality at Sprout Solutions, and how to use statistics to detail wage inequalities.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Afterward, there will be a 45 min. facilitated brainstorming session for participants to share their experiences and challenges with achieving gender, diversity, and inclusion in their own workplace.

Does your company want to attract and retain female talent? Do you want to ensure diversity and inclusion in your workplace? Then come join us in person at Spaces, World Plaza in BGC on October 26 from 3.30-6 PM, to obtain concrete ideas for how you can promote gender, diversity, and inclusion in your workplace, with presentations from AstraZeneca, H&M, and Sprout Solutions.

The list of attending participants will be shared with other participants to facilitate easy ongoing knowledge sharing.

The Committee is intended for business partners of NordCham, but guest participation of leaders working with sustainability or gender, diversity, and inclusion are also accepted. Interested guests are welcome to contact Executive Director, Jesper Svenningsen at js@nordcham.com.ph.

Questions regarding the event may be directed to Malene Skensved, malene.skensved@nordcham.com.ph.

Oct 26, 2022

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT+8)

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Spaces - Manila, World Plaza, Bonifacio Global City
5th Avenue
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Meeting Agenda

3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Welcome and introduction to the Sustainability Committee

Lotis Ramin


NordCham Philippines Sustainability Committee

3:35 PM - 3:50 PM: Presentation of AstraZeneca and gender equality in their workplace

Lotis Ramin

Country President

AstraZeneca Philippines

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM: Q&A

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Presentation of H&M and their strategy and practice for gender, diversity and inclusion

Joan Gonzalez

Country Recruitment Manager

H&M Philippines

4:15 PM - 4:25 PM: Q&A

4:25 PM - 4:40 PM: Presentation of Sprout Solutions and their work related to gender equality in the workplace

Atty. Nester Lazarene Ople

Sprout HR Evangelist

Sprout Solutions

4:40 PM - 5:45 PM: Brainstorming session

Jesper Svenningsen

Executive Director

NordCham Philippines

5:45 PM – 5:55 PM: Wrap up

Jesper Svenningsen

Executive Director

NordCham Philippines

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM: Group picture


  • Joanne Gonzales (Country Recruitment Manager at H & M Hennes & Mauritz Inc.)

    Joanne Gonzales

    Country Recruitment Manager at H & M Hennes & Mauritz Inc.

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  • Lester Nazarene Ople (HR Evangelist and Consultant at Sprout Solutions Phil., Inc.)

    Lester Nazarene Ople

    HR Evangelist and Consultant at Sprout Solutions Phil., Inc.

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  • Lotis Ramin (Country President at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Phils Inc)

    Lotis Ramin

    Country President at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Phils Inc

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The Sustainability Committee meetings are mainly for NordCham members, however we allow a few selected guests.
Requirements: Must be a Sustainability Leader!

The NordCham Sustainability team will review and approve accordingly. We will contact you in case further information is needed. If you have joined as a guest several times already, we will reach out and discuss membership of NordCham


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