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  • RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation sponsor International Women’s Forum to highlight the role of women in leadership at virtual world conference

    Conference brings together influential women from across the globe to debate issues disrupting the planet

    LONDON, UK, 14 October 2020 – RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics & Automation (Allied), trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, today announced a partnership with the International Women’s Forum (IWF), the organisation dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership and to championing equality worldwide. In support of this movement, RS and Allied have confirmed sponsorship of the IWF’s first Virtual World Leadership Conference and Gala – IWF 2020: Leading in a Disrupted World – which will take place from October 20-23.

    The four-day event will explore some of the critical issues facing the globe today, covering a diverse range of topics delivered by some of the world’s most influential women. Day one of the conference will open with a celebration of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a founding member of the IWF whose life exemplified the IWF’s purpose and mission. Other sessions will delve into the all-important themes of climate change, race and allyship, and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on women, all highlighting the crucial role of women leaders in this disrupted world.

    Among the inspirational speakers sharing their insights and experiences will be Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and acclaimed leader in the Climate Justice Movement; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; and Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.

    Through this partnership, a number of female employees from RS’ and Allied’s leadership teams will have the opportunity to connect with the IWF support network through regular virtual programming sessions. They will benefit from professional development that will support the continued drive towards a pervasive culture of diversity and inclusion across the Group.

    Jessica Chu, Group Head of Diversity, Inclusivity and Engagement at Electrocomponents, commented: “Our collaboration with IWF is an important one that brings us closer to thousands of accomplished women across the globe. By establishing contacts, and exchanging knowledge, skills and experiences, we can collectively strengthen the capabilities of smart women to ensure a gender balanced view in addressing the tough challenges facing our business and the world at large.”

    Stephanie O’Keefe, CEO at IWF, said: “In our disrupted world we are challenged with finding creative ways to share and learn from one another. Our upcoming virtual conference is a case in point, and it is thanks to the generous sponsorship of partners such as RS and Allied that has enabled us to utilise technology to create this highly engaging event featuring prominent, high-achieving women from around the world.”

    To find out more, and to view the full conference agenda, please visit: https://www.iwfconference.org/2020conference/agenda


    About International Women’s Forum

    At IWF, we are committed to advancing women’s leadership and championing equality worldwide, globally and locally. We bring together the world’s most exemplary and high-achieving women. We connect and promote more than 7,000 leaders across 32 countries around the world. We are truly global. We have elevated more than 500 international fellows – society’s rising stars – to accelerate the potential of the next generation, and to lead the world tomorrow. IWF organizes programming and professional development opportunities to share knowledge and discuss solutions on current business challenges, diversity, gender equality, and other global topics.

    For more information about IWF visit: https://www.iwforum.org/

    About RS Components

    RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers who are involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities. We aim to offer our customers unrivalled choice of product technologies, solve problems with innovative solutions and deliver a world-class customer experience, making it easy to do business with us.

    We stock more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. We solve problems and provide a wide range of value-added solutions to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship over 50,000 parcels a day.

    Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2020 reported revenue of £1.95 billion. Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.

    For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

    About Allied Electronics & Automation

    Allied Electronics & Automation is a high-service distributor of automation and control, electronic, electrical, mechanical and maintenance products from more than 450 world-class suppliers. With sales offices across the Americas, a focus on digital customer experience, 99 percent ship-to-order accuracy, and more 3.5 million parts available for purchase online, engineers, designers, maintainers and purchasers trust Allied to provide a wide range of solutions across the entire product lifecycle. Connect with us at www.alliedelec.com or via social media on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.