Summa Linguae Technologies Joins The 30 percent Club

Last Updated June 15, 2021

The 30 percent Club is a global initiative aimed at increasing the representation of women on corporate boards.

Summa Linguae Technologies is proud to announce our participation as one of the 13 founding members of the 30 percent Club in Poland.

It’s a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

The specific goal of the 18th global chapter of the organization is to increase the representation of women to at least 30% on management and supervisory boards in 140 of the largest Polish listed companies by 2030. The share of women on those boards was only 15.5% at the end of 2020.

Krzysztof Zdanowski, CEO and Founder of Summa Linguae Technologies discussed the importance of driving this change forward in Poland.

At Summa Linguae Technologies, we’ve seen the tangible benefits of a diverse leadership team firsthand in all of our global locations. We’re proud that two of our five C-suite members are women, and we’ve consistently maintained a 50/50 gender split at all levels of our organization.

By joining the 30 percent Club, we’re making a firm commitment to keeping up that diversity on our senior leadership team, and challenging other organizations to do the same.

Elise Le Drew, former Global HR Manager, also advocates strongly for making diversity a priority at leadership levels.

The language industry provides a naturally welcoming environment for diverse groups. However, diversity, like any other business objective, needs to be nurtured and practiced in policies, initiatives, and day-to-day business activities. By partaking in the 30 percent Club, this ensures diversity remains of the utmost importance and that we lead by example.

About the 30 percent Club

The 30 percent Club campaign was launched in Great Britain in 2010 by the British financier Dame Helena Morrissey. Her goal was to see the boards of FTSE 100 companies made up of at least 30% women.

The target was achieved in September 2018. The current share of board seats held by women for FTSE100 companies is 37.1%, and 34.5% for FTSE350 companies.

The ‘30%’ goal has its origins in critical mass theory. 30% is the minimum percentage at which minority voices begin to influence majority decisions in a group.

Leading Change in Poland

“We are just launching the campaign in Poland, but we have ambitious development plans,” said Aleksandra Włodarczyk, initiator of the 30% Club Poland.

“We believe that only those organizations that foster truly inclusive cultures – cultures that embrace women – can reach their full potential to positively impact their people, their markets and their communities.”

The campaign also has an intermediate goal of a threshold of 20% female participation in the governing bodies of WIG20, mWIG40 and sWIG80 companies by 2025, plus the absence of all-male boards among those companies.

You can watch the 30 percent Club Poland launch event here.

About Summa Linguae Technologies

Summa Linguae Technologies builds technology-enabled solutions to help global, content-rich companies with any multilingual data challenge.

Summa Linguae Technologies embraces a diverse and inclusive work environment and treats all collaborators with respect and equality.

To learn more about diversity and inclusion at Summa Linguae, check out our Careers page.

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