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SA NEWS Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) emerged a major winner at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards held at Johannesburg in September. The awards are an initiative of the Business Engage Association NPC, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and aim to encourage private sector buy-in to achieve more meaningful representation of women in mainstream business. Entrants had to comply with international best practice criteria described in a publication entitled Best Practices in Gender Mainstreaming in the Private Sector. In total, Cummins AME was short-listed as a finalist in five categories the Community’ categories. For its win in the ‘Equal Representation & Participation’ category, the judges cited the following Cummins AME initiatives: Its 2021 gender aspirational goals, a project to increase the representation of women in science and engineering; its Business AcuWomen development programme to enhance business acumen needed to transition into commercial-type roles; and its ‘Lean in’ Conversation Starters to equip women with skills to overcome limiting beliefs and other barriers. For its win in the ‘Mainstreaming Gender and Disability’ category, the judges cited its Cheese Factory Project Cummins gets kudos for gender initiatives In total, Cummins AME was short-listed as a finalist in five categories, and ultimately won three. who would otherwise be unemployed,” explains Lamona Rajah, Diversity & Inclusion leader at Cummins AME. Gino Butera, vice president, Power Generation at Cummins Inc won the ‘Inclusive Leader Award’, bestowed upon leaders who live out the value of inclusion in all they do and “We enhanced the physical environment and provided education to increase production efficiency, thereby enabling a sustainable source of income for women who would otherwise be unemployed.” and ultimately won three, competing with top companies such as Vodacom, Absa, Barloworld, PPC, Thomson Reuters, Standard Chartered, AngloGold Ashanti and De Beers. Cummins AME was a runner-up in the ‘Investing in Young Women’ and ‘Empowerment of Women in www.quarryonline.co.za  in Abu Dhabi. This provides work for disabled women in a society where disability and gender constitute a double barrier. “We enhanced the physical environment and provided education to increase production efficiency, thereby enabling a sustainable source of income for women who are completely vested in the empowerment of women throughout the organisations they represent, irrespective of role or rank. Rajah explains that Cummins AME launched a Gender Diversity Strategy in September 2017. “While we had significant strides in gender diversity over the past few years, we recognise the need for an integrated strategy that recognises the factors impacting heavy industry in particular, as well as taking into account the broader socio-economic, political and cultural environment.” “Our initiatives range from development programmes to help women advance their careers, to engagement sessions speaking about practice challenges they face and addressing these. We provide a platform for us to equip women with the skills and tactics to achieve their personal aspirations and thrive in the workplace.” Aspirational gender goals across all career levels has seen gender diversity increase at all levels in the company, with 33% women on the executive leadership team. The Women’s Employee Resource Group is a forum for connecting women in the workplace.  QUARRY SA | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018_7