Dentsply Sirona has been promoting women in dentistry for years with a range of successful measures and initiatives. The Company has also made diversity, equity and inclusion a key focus of its sustainability strategy “Beyond. Taking action for a brighter world.”
On International Women’s Day, Dentsply Sirona has reaffirmed its commitment to driving cultural change and empowering women in dentistry. In line with the day’s 2022 motto, “Break the bias,” Dentsply Sirona advocates for more measures in the dental industry to ensure that women have the same opportunities as men, while having their voices heard, their expertise recognized, and their achievements celebrated.
“We are dedicated to driving long-term, cultural change to empower women within the company and throughout the industry,” says Erania Brackett, Chief Marketing Officer of Dentsply Sirona. “We have made this ambition a central element of our sustainability strategy ‘Beyond. Taking action for a brighter world’. I am immensely proud to be part of Company that has a board in which 50% of board members are women respectively members of ethnically diverse groups and where 60% of board committees are chaired by women.”
Company-wide programs drive diversity, equity and inclusion
Internal initiatives at Dentsply Sirona to promote women include DS Women, an Employee Resource Group that works to help female employees reach their fullest potentials and ensure that more women reach senior roles, lead practices and take center stage in the company. Dentsply Sirona also hosts training and awareness sessions for all employees around the world on how to identify and eliminate unconscious bias, while building inclusivity inside and outside the workplace. In addition to this, the Company is a signatory to the Paradigm for Parity commitment. The pledge is part of wider efforts to give women and men equal power, status and opportunity, with the ultimate goal of achieving full gender parity by 2030. Dentsply Sirona is ahead of this pledge and aiming to fulfil gender parity and gender pay parity by 2025.
“Driving cultural change from the inside is an incredibly important component of our sustainability strategy when it comes to equity and inclusion,” says Lisa Yankie, Chief Human Resources Officer of Dentsply Sirona. “From employees to students to dental professionals and technicians, we go beyond to fight against bias, stereotypes and discrimination.”
Driving change in the industry
Dentsply Sirona also looks beyond its own employees to bring about change in the dental community through several initiatives and actions. The most notable program is Dentsply Sirona’s Smart Integration Award that honors innovative ideas and successful treatment concepts by female dental professionals. The award is open to women around the world, who work as dentists or dental technicians, with participants gaining access to the award’s international women’s networking platform. Smart Integration Award 2021 winner Dr. Shivi Gupta (USA) said: “It’s a great reminder that there are clinicians out there just like me, wanting to constantly raise the bar and offer the very best to our patients. I look forward to connecting with and expanding this intelligent and dynamic group of female dentists.“ The next chance to enter will be in 2023. More information on the award can be found on the company website: https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en-us/lp/smart-integration-award.html
Additionally, Dentsply Sirona sponsors a global personal development program called “First to 50” which promotes female dentists, specialists and dental assistants as speakers at industry events and provides structured speaker training for all levels of experience. The program was launched to ensure that the number of male and female speakers is balanced and represents the make-up of the dental community. Three classes of women have graduated from the First to 50 program and four new classes of women are taking part in this training in 2022.
In addition, Dentsply Sirona is a partner of Women in DSO, an association that provides mentoring, learning and development programs to women in dental service organizations. To promote diversity in those who enter the dental profession, Dentsply Sirona supported BrownGirl RDH, a US non-profit which aims to shift the mindset about who can work in the dental industry, remove cultural and economic barriers and build pathways to dental careers by paying tuition fees for Dental Hygiene students.
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Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with over a century of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solution offering, including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better and safer dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s headquarters are located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit www.dentsplysirona.com for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.
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