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A Diverse & Inclusive Culture
A Diverse & Inclusive Culture

We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of gender, nationality, race, creed, disability, style or sexuality. We embrace diversity. We are one of the world’s most culturally mixed companies: our 174,000 employees are based in more than 150 countries and our board of directors is made up of eight nationalities and 25% women. Such diversity reflects our determination to draw on the best talent from around the world. It also means we can understand and meet the varied needs of all our global consumers. 

Programs & Initiative
OUR COMMITMENT

By 2020, we will empower 5 million women by advancing opportunities for women in our operations; promoting safety; providing up-skilling; and expanding opportunities in our retail value chain.

OUR PERSPECTIVE

Our approach to empowering women is based on the tripod of rights, skills and opportunities. Women’s rights must be respected and women need to be given the skills and opportunities to succeed. Increasing agricultural yields and securing our supplies can be better achieved if women have fair and equal access to skills and opportunities. The impact of economically empowering women has a transformative effect on lifting families out of poverty.

OUR PERFORMANCE

We have improved our gender balance, with the proportion of female managers reaching 47%†in 2017. In partnership with others, by 2017 we had enabled 1,259,000† u0416 (around 1.3 million) women to access initiatives aiming to promote their safety, develop their skills or expand their opportunities.

Career by Choice programme

If you are a woman on career break and have had a minimum of two years experience in areas of Marketing, Human Resources, Supply Chain or Research and Development and are looking for an opportunity to work flexibly, you are eligible to apply. Currently all projects are based in Mumbai. We will be extending the program to other locations in future.

OUR COMMITMENT

By 2020, we will empower 5 million women by advancing opportunities for women in our operations; promoting safety; providing up-skilling; and expanding opportunities in our retail value chain.

OUR PERSPECTIVE

Our approach to empowering women is based on the tripod of rights, skills and opportunities. Women’s rights must be respected and women need to be given the skills and opportunities to succeed. Increasing agricultural yields and securing our supplies can be better achieved if women have fair and equal access to skills and opportunities. The impact of economically empowering women has a transformative effect on lifting families out of poverty.

OUR PERFORMANCE

We have improved our gender balance, with the proportion of female managers reaching 47%†in 2017. In partnership with others, by 2017 we had enabled 1,259,000† u0416 (around 1.3 million) women to access initiatives aiming to promote their safety, develop their skills or expand their opportunities.

CAREER BY CHOICE PROGRAMME

If you are a woman on career break and have had a minimum of two years experience in areas of Marketing, Human Resources, Supply Chain or Research and Development and are looking for an opportunity to work flexibly, you are eligible to apply. Currently all projects are based in Mumbai. We will be extending the program to other locations in future.

Employee Speak
Vinit Patel

"Unilever is committed to a working environment that promotes diversity and equal opportunity and where there is mutual trust, respect for human rights and no discrimination. In this blog, I share the power of diversity in the workplace. Because, when you believe that #EveryVoiceMatters, you can unlock the true potential of your teams."

Meet Stefani Millie Grant and Kathleen Dunlop

"Two inspiring women making an impact at Unilever."

Leadership Commitment

"An inclusive environment can lead to better results. Being inclusive is the outcome of removing bias”

 

Aline Santos, Global head of D&I & EVP Marketing

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In the Media
Gender diversity in the workplace: Taking stock and working ahead

An increasing number of Indian companies are starting initiatives targeted towards inclusion at workplace, but experts believe it’s also time to take stock of the outcomes of such programmes that have already been run.

“Impact bias training, mentoring programmes for women, training programmes for women, work-family accommodation…none of these interventions have created meaningful, sustained change,” said Robin Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson professor of business administration, Harvard Business School, at a conference in Mumbai. She says that understanding what works and what doesn’t can help design better initiatives for the future.

Earlier this month, when the Supreme Court scrapped Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to make gay sex legal, many big businesses and start-ups reiterated their efforts to build an inclusive, gender-diverse workplace. But, experts believe, for the success of diversity-focussed programmes, the human resources (HR) department and the senior leadership of companies need to work together.

“Work in organisations needs to start with leadership development. Educate the leaders of organisations to understand what is it really to change a culture and how is it that they need to personally change in the process,” Ely says.

Unilever calls on content creators & distributors to eradicate stereotypes

As part of its Unstereotype commitment Unilever is expanding the initiative across all forms of content and branded entertainment, and today announces a three-year multi-million-dollar deal with Rexona, the world’s biggest deodorant brand, and Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment. Rexona (also known as Sure, Degree and Shield depending on the country) will partner with NOW UNITED, the first ever global pop group comprised of 14 artists from 14 countries including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Philippines, Senegal, US and UK. Together, they will co-create content across multiple channels that unites different cultures through the joy of dance and music. The campaign will reach millions of young people with positive, progressive messages around equality and tolerance and inspire young people that they can proudly be who they are, wherever they are.

Aline Santos, Unilever Executive Vice President Global Marketing and Head of Diversity and Inclusion, says “Through our ongoing advertising assessment against Unstereotype criteria we already know that progressive advertising creates 25 percent more branded impact and new data now tells us that progressive ads are also 16 percent more relevant, 21 percent more credible and can drive purchase intent by 18 percent. The economic case is just as tangible as the social case for change, which is why we are expanding the Unstereotype initiative to drive unstereotypical content at scale through new partnerships and mainstream content.”

Is gender diversity loosely used term in corporate India?

Hindustan Unilever CEO and MD, Sanjiv Mehta, in a recent interview with Business Today, had said it was his vision to have an equal ratio of men and women in his workforce within the next two-three years. Mehta said his vision was not just to have a diverse workforce, but the bigger need was to have an equal representation of the Indian consumers at large in his workforce. In fact, HUL has one of the highest percentage of women (36 per cent) in its workforce.

When Business Today drew up the

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