Barry Callebaut reveals key plans to increase diversity and inclusion across global teams
Barry Callebaut has unveiled a new diversity and inclusion strategy aiming to deliver a target of 40% of its director positions occupied by women, and 50% of senior management hires overall that reflect its local talent pools across the world, reports Neill Barston.
With sustainability at its core, the Swiss-headquartered international cocoa processing and chocolate business said its latest initiative that is intended to be delivered by 2025, is set to help attract talent to the company from wherever around the globe individuals are based.
As the company added, it is seeking to create a workforce with talents from all quarters of society and the world, united by shared values, and to nurture an inclusive environment where this diversity can flourish, under the banner of #one BC – Diverse People, Sustainable Growth. Its targets also include creating a workforce comprising 30% women sales directors by 2025.
The business said it intends to offer an update on progress we have made against these targets in the Group’s Annual Report.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, said: ” With a business spanning from farm services to chefs pâtissiers and master chocolatiers, and from the large cities of the world to the small cocoa farms in rural areas, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where everyone is given the opportunity to learn, grow and fulfil their potential.”
Isabelle Esser, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Barry Callebaut Group added that its latest strategy was a wider reflection on its sustainability focus. She said: “We are a purpose-led company, driven by our love for cocoa and chocolate, our passion for growth and our commitment to sustainability. Like Forever Chocolate, Diversity & Inclusion is about growth: growth of our talents, growth of our attractiveness, growth of our company. We have to commit to time-bound targets focusing on a few business critical challenges. What you measure, you improve!”