Nestlé Oceania remains committed to the principles of diversity, creating an inclusive work environment and equal opportunities for all employees. Our aim by 2016 is that Nestlé Oceania is viewed to have built a gender inclusive culture.
Our gender balance initiative was originally launched in 2009 and over the last 5 years has raised awareness of gender issues and realised an increase in the number of women in our talent pipeline.
We have historically enabled employees to access flexible working arrangements. To embed this further we launched a flexible working arrangements framework in 2011. This has continued over the last two years. Of those employees in 2013 who accessed flexible work arrangements 13% were men and 87% were women.
In 2012 Women in Nestlé was launched to provide opportunities for women to build and broaden their networks. Established at Head Office, this group extends online through LinkedIn to give women across Nestlé Oceania the opportunity to connect on various issues. In 2013, the Women in Nestlé group highlighted initiatives such as ‘Breaking Through’ and ‘Having it all’. These concepts allowed us to look at breaking through in a male dominated field and the challenges of managing work life balance. This group will continue to help women create opportunities for themselves within Nestlé.
In 2013 a Gender Balance Champions Network was established with 6 Champions across the company. The Gender Balance Champions act as ambassadors to support the gender balance initiative in their business/function. They will actively identify and rolling out gender balance activities across Nestlé Oceania and act to improve awareness of the initiative.
In Australia, the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (WGE Act) places a focus on promoting and improving gender equality and outcomes for both women and men in the workplace. Nestlé submitted a gender profile to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the 2012-2013 year.