Our commitment: Enhance gender balance in our workforce and empower women across the entire value chain
Challenging discrimination and promoting women's rights
Nestlé India is committed to be an equal opportunity employer. While on one hand we understand the importance of diversity, we believe it is essential to promote inclusion. Through all our initiatives we aim to make a better work place for all our employees. Our gender balance initiatives are focused on improving balance at all levels, including senior leadership, suppliers and workforce.
Diversity and Inclusion Council
In line with the organization's vision of an inclusive workforce, a D&I council has been formulated. This council comprises of management committee members, an external member and 3 rotational women members one each from factory, branch and head office. This composition ensures that we have relevant representation of stakeholders, sponsorship of the leadership and unbiased counsel. The primary objective is to formulate strategies across the framework of Attract, Retain and Develop and create a more conducive work environment.
We believe there is no room for bias at any level, starting with recruitment. This is why we do sensitization trainings for hiring managers. We have taken some measures specially for the women in field force like identification of safe territories, enhanced travel entitlements and an opportunity to experience one day in the field before the recruitment process to have a clarity on expectations. The result is that today we have one of the highest number of women in field force across the FMCG sector.
Retain and Develop
At Nestlé we believe in living our purpose and respect for diversity is one of our core values. In order to have the wider group of employees aligned to the vision, we initiated Unconscious Bias and Gender Sensitization sessions. Run by our shop floor colleagues in the factories and sales managers in the field, these trainings are interactive, local and relatable.
To support expecting and returning mothers Nestlé India launched the first of its kind initiative in form of Pre & Post maternity benefits policy which includes special travel entitlements for the mother and the child, ergonomic seating and priority parking. We also made provisions for a 26 week maternity leave policy with full pay and benefits with the flexibility to decide on whether to opt for it before or after the delivery, while ensuring that women have the right to return to the same or equivalent job role with provisions of flexible working arrangements (Work From Home Policy). The benefit is extended with our paternity leave policy (5 working days with full pay and benefits) and adoptive parent leave (12 weeks for mother as well as father). Another unique initiative we have undertaken is the Dual Career Network, to enable easier transition for the spouses of our relocating employees.
We at Nestlé, provide a conducive environment to breastfeed. Breastfeeding mothers are entitled to reasonable daily breaks to breastfeed. All our facilities with a female population above 50 women are mandatorily required to provide breastfeeding rooms to enable them to lactate and or breastfeed during working hours in a secure and relaxing environment. Our Start Healthy Stay Healthy campaign is available online to provide counselling and guidance to expectant and new mothers. These initiatives have contributed to ATNI India Index ranking Nestlé India as the industry leader in promoting breastfeeding at work.
Empowering women in agriculture
Nestlé recognises the crucial role played by women in dairy farming as the primary caretaker of cattle and therefore, a critical contributor to the quality and yield of milk. The Village Women Dairy Development Programme has been developed in the local language specifically designed for women dairy farmers and is imparted by an all-women training team from Nestlé. The aim is to empower village women engaged in dairy farming to improve the quality and productivity of milk. The training provides knowledge on the following topics
- Dairy practices, including feeding and breeding practices
- Animal care and treatment
- Sustainable agricultural practices
- Personal health, hygiene, water conservation and economic independence
As of December 2017, over 68,400 village women across Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have benefitted from the Village Women Dairy Development Programme.
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