The Global Staff Survey (GSS) conducted in March/April 2018 showed a workforce with a strong sense of pride in the organization and a desire to get things done, but also highlighted areas for improvement. We launched major initiatives in 2018 to help our working culture evolve.
A new policy launched in March makes it easier to report incidents of abusive conduct; extended outreach initiatives are bringing workplace culture conversations to staff in every duty station. Reports of misconduct have increased sharply, suggesting the new policy is having an effect, and that staff are feeling more confident to report. This has been accompanied by investments to strengthen the organization’s ability to follow up on reports.
Renewed emphasis on gender parity showed modest but accelerated results. By the end of 2018, women made up 32.8 percent of our national employees, and 42.9 percent of our international professional staff. Though far from our target of parity by 2021, the increase in percentage of women – especially in the national employee category, which makes up the bulk of WFP’s workforce – is much faster compared to previous years, representing an increase of 1.3 percent over one year compared to an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous four years.