The Managing Director (MD) of Nestlé Ghana, Mr Moataz El Hout, has assured of the company’s commitment to ensure gender sensitivity at its workplace.
According to him, Nestlé aims to create the enabling conditions to achieve annual increases in the percentage of women managers and senior leaders.
Mr El Hout made this known when the company celebrated this year’s Mothers Day with an award-winning contest organised for the female staff of the company.
As part of the awards ceremony, female employees submitted entries which were assessed by an all-male jury and awards were given to the ‘Nestlé Ultimate Mum’, “the Most Nominated Mum” and the ‘Author with the most touching submission’.
At the end of the contest, the overall ‘Ultimate Mum Award’ went to Mrs Tesse Osei, while the ‘Author of the Most Touching Submission’ went to Ms Jemima Tabiri.
In all, 35 prizes were awarded for the outstanding contribution and impact of these mothers on the company.
The maiden edition of the ‘Nestlé Ultimate Mum Awards’ marks the introduction of the awards scheme. Commitment to gender balance
Nestlé Ghana has shown its commitment to gender balance at its workplace by initiatives which include increasing the number of weeks for maternity leave from 12 to 14.
The company also intends to build breastfeeding rooms on its sites for nursing mother employees.
These initiatives, according to the MD, are part of the company’s commitment to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, which Nestlé signed in March 2013. Special guest speaker
Dr Mrs Joyce Aryee, the CEO and Founder of Salt and Light Ministries, who was the guest of honour at the programme, said she was impressed with Nestlé’s commitment to support its women employees.
She also encouraged all women professionals to have a balanced work life and strive to excel in other fields so as to enhance their output on the job.
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