Careem has hired a VP of People to empower its workforce
Ride-hailing service Careem has appointed Ruth Fletcher to the role of VP of People.
The new role has been created to sharpen the company’s focus on employee welfare through the implementation of company-wide initiatives that empower teams and foster a culture of personal and professional growth and development within each Careem office.
Careem announced its proprietary program – Careem Women Empowerment and Engagement Network (CWEEN) last month to reiterate its commitment to gender equality. The program aims to provide equal job opportunities, flexibility and transparency to its female talent pool, and ensuring the successful implementation of this program will be one of Ruth’s first priorities.
Fletcher said: “Engaged and empowered employees make happy teams and happy teams contribute towards collaborative workplace environments that boost productivity and efficiency. It is an honor to join a company that places the highest importance on creating a positive work experience for its employees, and I look forward to further strengthening Careem’s position as an employer of choice that promotes diversity and transparency, and encourages its greatest asset – its people – to make work-life balance a priority.”
Magnus Olsson, Co-Founder and Chief Xperience Officer, Careem, added: “When we talk about being a change-maker dedicated to redefining the future of the local transportation sector, our efforts begin right from our offices where we provide young talent a platform to reach their full potential, to embrace their dreams and to make a difference in people’s lives. The decision to appoint a VP of People comes as a natural extension of our employee-first philosophy and stems from our desire to build an awesome institution that inspires. We are confident in Ruth’s abilities to take charge of our responsibility towards our people and further strengthen our teams’ trust and confidence in Careem as their second home.”
Originally from the UK, Fletcher has previously worked with tech start-ups and also served in both Human Resources and Talent Acquisition departments at professional services firms as well as private sector and public sector organizations in the Middle East and the UK. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford in the UK.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”