2024 WEPs Forum: Germany

Published on 10 June 2024

2024 WEPs Forum: Germany – Accelerating Business Action for Gender Equality is a collaborative effort between UN Women and the German Agency for Business and Economic Development (AWE), in cooperation with the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

Taking place from 22-23 May 2024 in Berlin, Germany, the Forum aims to showcase German WEPs signatories’ achievements and to understand their challenges and opportunities in WEPs implementation. It also sets out to explore areas of collaboration to accelerate actions to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

DAY 1: Wednesday 22 May 2024

11:30 

Registration

12:00 

Welcome & Lunch

Elke Ferner, President, UN Women National Committee Germany

13:00  

Opening ceremony

Welcome remarks:

Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive Officer, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

Opening remarks:

H.E. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Kirsi Madi, Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

13:20 

The Women's Empowerment Principles

(Keynote)

Anna Fälth, Global Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

 

13:35

The German Labour Market - Part 1

(Keynote address)

Trends on gender equality – leadership, STEM and the green economy

Lilian Tschan, Permanent State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

13:45 

The German Labour Market - Part 2

(Round table)

Trends on gender equality – leadership, STEM and the green economy

Moderator: Dagmar Schumacher, UN Women National Committee Germany

Speakers:

Michaela Streibelt, Advisor, Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights

Kristin Lena Keveloh, Senior Lead Manager, Public Policy & Economic Graph, LinkedIn 

 

14:15 

CEOs navigating the future

(Opening remarks and fireside chat)

Leaders navigating the future – ESG, sustainability and gender equality as cornerstones of corporate leadership

Moderator: Anna Fälth Global Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

Opening remarks: Kirsi Madi, Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

Speakers:

Tilmann Rothhammer, Vice President, Customer Service & Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Germany

Kirsten Schoder-Steinmüller, Vice President, DIHK; and CEO, Schoder GmbH 

14:45 

Leadership for gender equality

(Fireside chat)

SMEs leading the way to gender equality 

Moderator: Anna Fälth, Global Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

Speakers:

Markus Löning, CEO, Löning

Natascha Thomas, Deputy CEO, PMG Presse-Monitor Verwaltungs GmbH

15:15 

Coffee Break

15:45 

Unconscious bias

(Interactive training)

Removing bias to advance gender equality

Trainers:

Robert Baker, Founder and CEO, Potentia Talent Consulting

Mihwa Park, WEPs Coordinator, UN Women

16:45 

Gender equality in the value chain 

(Interactive panel discussion)

Gender equality in value and supply chain and marketing practices

Moderator: Ursula Sautter, UN Women National Committee Germany

Speakers:

Christina Keller, Chief Strategy Officer, DDB Germany Group of Companies

Wendy Rentschler, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship & Impact, BMC Software

17:30 

 

Gender equality in communities

(Panel discussion)

Corporate engagement in local communities

Moderator: Nora Teuma, UN Women National Committee Germany

Confirmed Speakers:

Shaleenah Marie, Head of Learning and Development, Siemens

Susanne Kahlich, CEO, SINGE

18:00

Wrap up of Day 1

18:15

Reception

 

Let's end the evening together in the lounge of the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft with drinks and snacks.


DAY 2: Thursday 23 May 2024

09:00Recap of day 1 and overview of day 2

Speaker:

Mihwa Park, WEPs Coordinator, UN Women

09:10Key note speech

Driving gender equality through global digital transformation

Speaker:

Anna Sophie Herken, Board Member, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

09:20

Gender equality in the workplace

 

(Panel discussion)

Driving inclusive corporate workplace culture

Moderator: Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, UN Women National Committee Germany

Speakers:

Alexandra Menzel, Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Roland Berger

Carolin Boye, Head of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding, TK Elevator

Rita Nkuhlu, Executive Director - Business Excellence, Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa

10:00

Transition to a care economy that works for all

(Panel discussion)

Transition to a care economy that works for all

Moderator: Ursula Sautter, UN Women National Committee Germany

Speakers:

Andrea Rupp, Board Member, UN Women National Committee Germany

Silja Fiedrich, Akademie, Berufundfamilie Service Gmbh

Stefanie Decker, Senior Director People & Organization, PUMA Group

10:40

Coffee break and transition to breakout sessions

11:00

Workshops

(Group discussion)

 

Workshop I: Corporate sustainability and gender equality: meeting and going beyond regulation

Moderator: Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Programme Analyst, Private Sector, UN Women Türkiye

Workshop II:  Women driving success: joint impact for transformation - partnerships between business and development cooperation

Moderator: Karla Beteta, Senior Advisor, AWE

Fire starter: Joachim Turre, Senior Policy Officer for Private Sector Cooperation, BMZ

Workshop III: Role of chambers of commerce & Industry associations in driving gender equality

Moderator: Julia Arnold, Department Head, Business Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, DIHK

Fire starter: Evelyn de Gruyter, Managing Director, Association of German Women Entrepreneurs

Workshop IV:  Fostering an inclusive work culture 

Moderator: Mihwa Park, WEPs Coordinator, UN Women

Workshop V: Collaboration with UN Women – WEPs & beyond

Moderator: Mitzy Baqueiro, Economic Empowerment and Education Specialist, UN Women Mexico

Fire starter: Katja Ploner, Corporate DEI Advisor, Siemens AG

12:30

Report back (Panel of rapporteurs): Concrete Steps & Recommendations

13:00

Closing Ceremony: Reflections on next steps

13:30Farewell Lunch