The number of women in management at Nestle Middle East has risen to 30 percent from 16 percent in 2011 as the company moves forward with gender balance initiatives at its offices across the region, the company has announced.
“This year, we are focusing further on some pillars that we believe will accelerate our journey, stating with talent acquisition where we are actively working to find female talents for roles that aren’t usually occupied by women, such as at our factories, or in sales,” said Yves Manghardt, Nestle Middle East chairman and CEO.
Already, Nestle Middle East has flexible working arrangements and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours at all its offices and sites, including factories.
Additionally, the company has a policy in which women who plan to deliver babies abroad can work from regional local offices or remotely for at least one month for both the mother and the father prior to maternity and paternity leave.
“We are also strengthening our succession and career plans to ensure we have prepared the female talents for future senior roles,” Manghardt added.
“I am also proud to announce that we are launching the next generation women leadership programme that incorporates mentorship and coaching to equip female talents below 30 with the right mindset and support to grow in their careers,” he said.