Gender balance

Our commitment: Enhance gender balance in our workforce

Our commitment: Enhance gender balance in our workforce

We believe that diversity in our business and throughout our supply chain is a real asset. It is something that should be encouraged and nurtured. Our gender balance initiative is making improvements at all levels, with a key focus on senior leaders and managers. Progress is achieved using a rigorous succession planning process, clear development plans and the roll-out of unconscious bias training.

Our objective

By 2018: Be a gender-balanced company by creating the enabling conditions in our work environment to achieve annual increases in the percentage of women managers and senior leaders (market management members and key roles at the centre).

Our progress

Leadership positions held by women (%)

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Year 2013 2014 2015
Progress 31.1% 33.7% 34.0%

We are on track to achieve our 2018 objective. At the end of 2015, 3058 employees (since the beginning of the programme in 2014) have received unconscious bias training from our global network of more than 80 trainers. It has been embedded into central programmes such as Leadership, Marketing and Sales, Human Resources, R&D and Technology Management, and our markets in the Middle East, India and the Nordics have integrated it into their Leadership training.

In June 2015, Nestlé launched a global Maternity Protection Policy, based on the ILO Maternity Protection Convention, with minimum standards to be implemented by 2018. It will help us to better support employees in our sites across the world.

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