This company has a 50-50 gender ratio in senior management

Nestlé Philippines, on International Women’s Day, joins the global call to #BreakTheBias, highlighting its significant progress in improving gender balance in the workforce labor and empowerment of women along the value chain.

With people as the driving force behind its mission to be a force for good, Nestlé is intensifying its commitment to employees through practices and empowerment systems that deliberately make individual empowerment a corporate priority from Nestle.

Nestlé Philippines joins the celebration of International Women’s Day

“The pursuit and safeguarding of gender equality and inclusion, as well as the development and empowerment of women, is of great importance to Nestlé Philippines, as it improves the quality of our organization. We are proud of the progress we are making to unleash the capabilities and talents of women for increased growth and productivity,” said Mitzie Antonio, Chief Human Resources Officer of Nestlé Philippines.

It’s been six years since Nestlé launched its global Gender Acceleration Plan which aims to increase the number of female leaders in the top 200 leadership positions by 30%. Under this program, the company implements policies and measures that prevent gender bias and create opportunities for a diverse workplace.

“At Nestlé Philippines, we continue to invest in efforts that empower our female employees and leaders in the workplace. Key initiatives have been implemented to ensure that we create the right environment for them to thrive,” said Antonio.

She said gender balance and an inclusive mindset are both embedded in company policies and programs.

The company celebrated a milestone when it achieved a 50-50 gender ratio in its senior management and critical positions in 2021, among more than 5,000 employees. This is part of the company’s program to uphold gender balance in the development and long-term appointment of successors to key positions in the organization.

Nestlé Philippines conducts an annual equal pay exercise, a proactive measure to ensure internal pay equity is maintained and is within the industry pay gap threshold.

The company also ensures that employees are trained annually on unconscious bias and sexual harassment prevention. Coaching and mentoring are two of the flagship programs the company has strengthened over the years to support female leaders as they pursue their career development plans.

A soft skills training initiative for women on production lines or in workshops was carried out in partnership with the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines and the International Labor Organization.

With its continued commitment to creating a gender-free workplace, Nestlé PH was recently recognized in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2022 for the fourth consecutive year, advancing gender equality in the workplace.

It was also the winner of the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards 2021 as one of the best places to work in Asia and first runner-up in the Gender Inclusive Workplace 2021 category of the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.

In 2022, Nestlé Philippines continues to advance the role of women in the workplace through its sustained commitment to achieving gender balance in key roles and functions, improving corporate policies and increased organizational awareness through mandatory training to foster diversity and inclusion.

Sallie R. Loera