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Empowering women

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Empowering women is a key part of our approach.

Our goal is to ensure women feel supported, valued and respected across our organization. We have been accelerating efforts to advance gender balance in our company, including gender-balanced leadership. As a result, the proportion of women in managerial positions is increasing, including in our most senior executive posts.

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We carefully monitor our succession planning to maintain the right pipeline for our most critical business roles. We also provide career support and guidance through our Senior Leader Development Roadmap, which includes our Corporate Mentoring Program, Senior Leaders Development Center and Senior Executive Program.

We look to the next generation by partnering with nonprofits, funding scholarships designed to harness business skills, hosting competitions and offering mentorships for young female entrepreneurs. These are in addition to our wider youth advocacy, apprenticeship, mentorship and traineeship opportunities.

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We constantly review our policies and guidance documents to ensure they reflect the latest thinking on sensitive issues. Examples include our Policy Against Discrimination, Violence and Harassment at Work, a Global Guidance for Providing Support to Employee Victims of Domestic Violence or Abuse, ongoing training on unconscious bias, and creating an inclusive culture for new parents with a gender-neutral Nestlé Global Parental Support Policy (pdf, 3Mb). All primary caregivers in the company have the right to a minimum of 18 weeks of paid leave to care for new children while secondary caregivers also receive four weeks' minimum paid leave. Through this policy, we are reinforcing that childcare is a shared responsibility and are acknowledging and supporting all types of family structures.

We will continue to work towards achieving gender balance across all managerial positions.

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Across our value chain

We are proud of the progress we have made to empower women, particularly within our own workforce, and are determined to maintain the pace of change. We know there is more to be done, particularly within our supply chains. In the agricultural communities that cultivate and process our raw materials, we are also working to improve the economic, social and cultural outlook for women through a host of different programs. These programs aim to teach the skills required to increase farms' productivity, build better businesses and improve livelihoods.

Stressing the importance of remaining in education, supporting women's incomes and running tailored agricultural training programs are all part of our efforts to help women, their families and wider communities. For example, thousands of women in Pakistan have been trained in our dairy supply chain since 2015. We are committed to furthering the prospects of women as key agents of change towards a regenerative food system.

Being transparent in advancing women's issues

We believe in being open and honest when it comes to reviewing our progress against the ambitions we set for ourselves. We are proud that the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index recognized Nestlé for our work in advancing women's equality in the workplace for the fifth consecutive year. We are also delighted to feature in the European Round Table for Industry's Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit of best practices. 

In a continuing spirit of transparency, we are pleased to share key information related to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (pdf, 800Kb).

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