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Women in Industry 

The 24th edition of the World Petroleum Congress held in Calgary, Alberta on September 17 – 21, 2023 will act as a bridge between the traditional energy sector and a more carbon-neutral industry over the next 25 five years. A key social responsibility pillar of the Congress continues to be the inclusion and promotion of Women in Industry

The percentage of women working in the oil and gas industry remains unchanged at 22%, the same level reported in 2017. By actively ensuring Women in Industry have a role at the 24th World Petroleum Congress, we are doing our part to increase that number.

When you attend the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023, you can expect:

BCG's Untapped Reserves 

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the World Petroleum Council (WPC) have recently launched the third edition of the Untapped Reserves survey which is the only recurring global study on DE&I in the Energy industry.

The survey provides an assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within the sector and this third edition will build upon the findings and outcomes of the previous two reports, released in 2017 and 2021.  These reports’ findings were based on substantial proprietary research, with version 2.0 including feedback from more than 2,800 employees across 60 countries, along with more than 50 interviews with senior executives and other industry professionals. In addition, data was analysed from 50 international oil companies, national oil companies, and service providers with collective revenues of $2 trillion and representing about 14% of global employment in the oil and gas sector.

Untapped Reserves 3.0, will increase the industry reach of the project to include data from power, utilities and new energy companies and for the first time will pose detailed questions around other diversity dimensions e.g., race/ethnicity, disabilities, economic background, etc.  It will also examine the full impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry’s DE&I progress.

A full report of the survey findings will be launched at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, Canada in September 2023.

The company-level and an individual-level surveys are now live and can be found at:

Please support this global initiative and make your voice heard!

Review the previous two Untapped Reserves reports here:


Women in Industry, WPC Pavilion

In the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Pavilion, Women in Industry will have a networking space, with lounge furniture, a coffee bar and charging station for all participants to relax, recharge and network with women and allies.

As part of the space, a central stage will host programming from Women in Industry Leaders, Future Leaders, Indigenous Leaders, and Sustainability and Social Responsibility Leaders.

Stay tuned for the Pavilion schedule!

WPC Excellence Awards on Gender and Inclusion

The WPC Excellence Awards recognizes companies, institutions, and/or any public or private organizations engaged in the oil and gas industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards.

This year, a new award has been announced as part of the WPC Excellence Awards – the Gender and Inclusion in the Energy Sector Award! This Award is to recognize an organization that has gone above and beyond to role model effective diversity

The following criteria are taken into consideration by an independent panel when assessing the projects:

  • Effective policies, programmes and interventions in place to improve gender diversity, with measurable results
  • Innovative use of technology to remove barriers to gender representation across the business
  • Driving gender parity is a strategic business commitment supported across the board by senior management
  • Company culture that recognises D&I as a fundamental organisational value
  • Transparent D&I company targets

WPC Excellence Awards for Youth

In recognition of the important contribution by youth to the energy industry, the World Petroleum Council rewards the best young authors of the Congress. These will be selected from the best abstracts submitted by young professionals under 35 and new submissions cannot be accepted as the Call for Papers has now closed.

Key Dates:

  • Award Submissions are accepted until April 07, 2023.
  • Finalists will be announced Late June 2023.

If you have any questions on the above please contact

Women in STEM Content

There continues to be an underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related careers. The 24th World Petroleum Congress will offer programming dedicated to highlighting female role models in STEM and pathways for engagement to attract more women and girls into STEM-related careers.

Women’s Breakfast on Sunday, September 17,  2023

The Women’s Breakfast brings women and men in the energy industry together for networking and important discussions on the development and advancement of women into leadership roles. 

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