Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company today celebrates HERoes’ recognition, for the second year, of Caroline Frankum’s work in inclusion and diversity issues in its HERoes 100 Women Executives List. Caroline is CEO of Kantar’s Profiles division and a member of the Kantar board.
The HERoes leadership lists were created with the aim of driving gender parity in workplaces across the globe. In 2019 Caroline helped bring evidence to the women’s leadership conversation with her co-sponsorship (alongside Michelle Harrison, CEO of Kantar’s Public division) of The Reykjavik Index, the World’s first measurement of how people feel about women in power. The Index measures the perceived legitimacy of male and female leadership in politics and across twenty professions in the G7 group of countries and the extent to which men and women are viewed equally in terms of suitability of individuals for positions of power.
Beyond the Reykjavik Index, the award recognises Caroline’s role in championing the Market Research Society’s CEO Manifesto for Opportunity, including the pro bono funding of the MRS and Kantar ‘Where We Stand: Inclusion, Equality and Diversity Industry Report’ that presented key findings on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and age within the market research industry. More recently Caroline has also trailblazed a 360° mentorship program between Kantar and Special Olympics, where Kantar leaders and Special Olympics Ambassadors mentor each other on driving the #inclusionrevolution. Together Kantar and Special Olympics are working on identifying ways to help businesses break down barriers to employing people with intellectual disabilities. More personally, Caroline mentors a diverse mix of inspiring females across the globe helping them to be more confident in who they are and bolder in their actions to get roles they deserve. Caroline also acts as the Executive Sponsor of Pride@Kantar, supporting the development of the LGBTQ+ agenda within Kantar.
Of her recognition, Caroline commented “Great things never come from comfort zones. So, when it comes to driving inclusive and diverse workforces, we need to stop looking back to see how far we’ve come and change the script from ‘this girl CAN’ to ‘this girl DOES’ – because there’s always something that can be done! At Kantar inclusion and diversity is at the heart of our agenda and central to all our conversations because it makes us a better and higher performing business. We hold ourselves accountable to clear goals, targets and behaviours which measure inclusion as well as diversity and ensure we keep moving forward with inspiring everyone who works at and with Kantar to achieve things they never thought they could.”
More on the HERoes awards can be found at https://www.out-standing.org/heroes/