Mondelez International's Cocoa Life program incorporates training of program field staff and managers of implementing partner organizations on gender principles and key tools to strengthen women’s leadership. As we implement our Community Action Plans, direct interventions are being implemented by partner NGOs to build women’s participation in community development committees and to train women to adopt leadership roles alongside their male colleagues.
Nicky Major said:
In response to question 2 on How can companies’ internal policies and practices contribute to greater economic empowerment for women 2 quick comments.
Having policies and processes in place to support women in workplace is vital. We know that gender balance does not just happen within most businesses. It is vital to have policies and process in place to be able to measure and monitor a diversity profile. Having that will create some positive impact. But that isn’t enough – you need proactive action such as sponsorship of women from the leaders of the organization to ensure they are positioned to take up leadership positions when they become available. It is about the level playing field.
Diversity on its own isn’t enough. You have to have an inclusive approach too. It is about making a diverse population thrive. Valuing the differences and making everyone feel included so they can bring the best of themselves to their roles.