17 Jul WORKFORCE GENDER PARITY AT BURN: BREAKING BARRIERS
BURN is best known for our groundbreaking biomass stoves that save money, reduce indoor air pollution and provide long-lasting cooking solutions. But we’re also breaking barriers by establishing career pathways for Kenyan women in traditionally male-oriented fields.
BURN’s commitment to workforce gender parity is especially vital in a country like Kenya where women may not enjoy similar professional opportunities as men in many industries. Notably, manufacturing firms in Kenya are male-dominated and can be influenced by biases that women cannot handle a factory’s mentally and physically demanding tasks. Countrywide, only 17% of Kenyan manufacturing workers are female.
BURN not only breaks through that figure, but completely overruns it with a female workforce which composes 54% of our total employment level.
“Women are key contributors at every level of our organization, from the factory floor, to field sales, to the management ranks. We see this as a win-win situation. BURN’s female employees have personally fulfilling jobs that directly support their families and communities. Meanwhile, we tap into a remarkably talented workforce that helps us achieve our goals and vision,” says COO Boston Nyer.