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Why Chevron is Focused on Achieving Workforce Diversity and Inclusion - S. Shariq Yosufzai, Chevron Corporation
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Why Chevron is Focused on Achieving Workforce Diversity and Inclusion - S. Shariq Yosufzai, Chevron Corporation

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S. Shariq Yosufzai, a speaker at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2014, on how workforce diversity and inclusion leads to better performing organizations. …

S. Shariq Yosufzai, a speaker at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2014, on how workforce diversity and inclusion leads to better performing organizations.

Interview with: S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation

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  • 1. Interview with: S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation ―Companies with a diverse workforce perform better, both in revenue and return on capital employed. However, diversity in itself is not sufficient without inclusion, especially in the petrochemi- cal and refining industry. There must also be an effort to develop, retain and promote individuals so they contribute all their talents to the growth and profitability of the enterprise,‖ advises S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation. Yosufzai is a keynote speaker at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2014, taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 20-22. Why is this industry facing difficul- ties in attracting diverse talent? The number of women entering and graduating engineering schools is continuing to decline. In the US, only 16 percent of those enrolled are women, yet they make up 56 percent of all college graduates. It is not a question of women not going into the fields of science, technology or mathematics. They are just not going into engineer- ing. This is a huge problem for the industry. The number of Hispanics in Texas is over 50 percent, but only four percent of engineering graduates are Hispanic. The same is true of African Americans. In the case of Asian Americans, there are a large number of them entering the field but not many reach senior positions. We need to understand why this is. It is important for the industry to reflect the communities it operates in, to look like its customers and be relevant to them. This all comes back to perform- ance. Heterogeneous teams perform better than homogeneous teams. Is diversity in itself sufficient? There are some perceptions about the industry that we must first change. Diversity by itself is not sufficient. We can certainly attract diverse people into our workforce, but unless we develop, retain and promote them, they will not contribute at the maximum level. This is just as much about inclusion as diversity. Every single metric that a business is judged by, safety, operational excel- lence, financial performance, return on capital employed, return on shareholder equity and innovation, they are all promoted by diversity and inclusion. Many companies may believe they are diverse and inclusive, when they are not. In your opinion, what areas do they overlook? They need to look at data over time. Many organizations say, ―Fifty-percent of our staff is women‖. This is not enough. They must also understand and measure what the C- suite feeder pool looks like, and not just count the number of women in the board or senior management. Are women de-selecting themselves from power positions that lead to the corner suite? What is happening to minorities? There must be targeted leadership development programs and formal mentorship programs to address these gaps. Diversity is not about counting heads — it’s about making sure every head counts. Sometimes the cultural aspects of diversity are very well articulated in a vision statement. The question is: Are companies applying the same set of rigorous analyses and statistics to diversity and inclusion, as they do to the rest of the business? Unless they do, it will just be a nice thing to have on a mission statement, rather than an approach that can actually result in tangible improvement. Diversity is not about counting heads – it’s about making sure every head counts Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Why Chevron is Focused on Achieving
  • 2. The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2014 The Summit is the premium forum bringing solution providers and executives from the leading petrochemical and refining companies together, in an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the future of the petrochemical and refining industry. Taking place at The Roosevelt New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 20-22, 2014, the Summit includes presentations on risk management, workforce development, asset management and maintenance, environmental regulation and optimal use of shale gas. www.petrochemicalrefiningsummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events Distribution Technology & Innovation Summit - www.dti-summit.com Power Plant Management & Generation Summit - www.ppmgsummit.com Transmission & Distribution Summit - www.t-dsummit.com To view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.petrochemicalrefiningsummit.com/SShariqYosufzai

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