Global consumer goods company Unilever, aluminium products supplier Alcoa Inc. and beverage company Coca Cola were today named as joint winners of the 2013 Catalyst Award, for their initiatives to bring about gender diversity in workplace and enhancing opportunities for women. Catalyst is a global non-profit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business and has presence in many countries including India.
"This year's Catalyst Award-winning initiatives demonstrate that global gender diversity strategies at multinational corporations can be implemented in a way that meets the needs of local regions and businesses," said Ilene H.Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst. She added that they are all championed by male CEOs who understand the strong business case for including women in top leadership and have made women's advancement a top organization-wide priority from day one.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said to achieve their company's ambition of doubling the size of the business whilst reducing environmental impact and increasing our positive social impact, it was crucial to build a diverse and engaged workforce where everybody can develop to his or her full potential. "The benefits of having a gender-balanced organisation are plain to see; it helps power creativity and innovation, deepens the talent pool and allows us to better serve our diverse consumer base," added Polman.
Unilever's initiative, titled 'Global Reach With Local Roots: Creating a Gender-Balanced Workforce in Different Cultural Contexts' aims to accelerate the advancement of high-potential women across different regions.
Alcoa Inc's 'Building Opportunities for Women in a Hard Hat' aims to break down barriers in a male-dominated industry and achieve greater gender representation through a diversity agenda. Here, accountability is tied to executive compensation and innovative talent management programmes that Alcoa’s business units can customise to develop women supervisors and leaders in Alcoa’s refineries, smelters, and factories worldwide.
The Coca-Cola Company’s 'Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers of the 21st Century' is an initiative focused on fueling the advancement of women into leadership roles across the company’s organisation, and on economically empowering women entrepreneurs throughout the system value chain.