Sir Richard Branson
Founder of the Virgin Group

"It's sad to see that in this day and age, gender parity is still far from a reality in many parts of the world.

" I've always felt strongly that the best places to work are those that foster an inclusive culture - one where differences are celebrated and our people can be themselves and feel at home.

"Here at Virgin, we recognise that a culture that brings together the right group of people who mirror the wonderful diversity of our world and who can promote diversity of thought is good for business. It's a huge opportunity, not a challenge, and it's great for the communities that we serve. We have the desire to make a positive difference to people's lives through changing business for good, so we create an environment where all people can thrive - because of who they are, not in spite of it.

"That's why, on International Women's Day, I support the Pledge for Parity. It's an important reminder that all of us in business can and must do so much more to promote equality, respect and fairness."

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