Source | www.campaignlive.co.uk | Sara Spary
Unilever has announced that it has the same number of women as men in leadership roles globally for the first time – a year ahead of its goal to achieve gender balance across management.
The Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant, which owns brands including Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Lynx and Magnum, said it is now run by 50% women at management level – up from 38% in 2010.
It also has a non-executive board made up of 45% women, Unilever said.
The management gender gap had been tackled in particular by progress in departments where women had historically been under-represented, the company said, including operations and technology, finance and supply chain. The percentage of female leaders in these departments now stands at 47%, 50% and 40% respectively.
In the UK, Unilever achieved balance in UK management in 2017, but this is the first time it has achieved gender balance globally across its 14,000 managers.
Unilever said improvements had been driven by its dedicated diversity and inclusion team, which has implemented a number of initiatives, including a network of nearly 100 diversity and Inclusion champions, who drive inclusive culture across its markets.