Working towards gender balance

Our commitment: Enhance gender balance in our workforce and empower women across the entire value chain



Our commitment: Enhance gender balance in our workforce

Challenging discrimination and promoting women’s rights

Women continue to face challenges in the global workplace. From limited access to training, tools and finance in agricultural communities to a lack of senior women managers in business, women are all too often under-represented and lacking a voice. We recognise that gender equality, women’s rights, education for women and women’s empowerment are critical to Creating Shared Value for our business. This is clearly articulated in our Values, which enshrine a respect for diversity.

Progress against our objectives


Our objectives Our results

By 2017: Ensure that farmer training support programmes are: developing agripreneurs; equally accessible to men, women and young people; and available to farm workers.

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).

By 2020: The livelihoods of women have been improved in five priority sourcing locations.

Our training is equally open to women and men of all ages. To ensure these groups are well represented, we have started to develop a baseline to assess the participation in basic support training and agripreneurship programmes.

37.5% leadership positions held by women.

30.0% senior leadership positions held by women.