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Coca-Cola signs up for Women’s Empowerment

Beverage giant, Coca-Cola Amatil, used International Women's Day to reinforce its commitment to gender equality, signing the UN's Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Principles comprise seven steps which global businesses can take to advance and empower female employees.

Coca-Cola Amatil is the ninth Australian business to sign the Principles, and group managing director, Terry Davis, said "We recognise that diversity is good for business and we know that to be an even more successful company and corporate citizen our staff should reflect and closely resemble the communities we operate in."

The Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business – are produced by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact. They provide a guidance for actions that all people can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to empower women and benefit companies and societies.

CCA’s Gender Diversity Policy includes:

  • A strategy for sourcing, inclusion and retention of women.
  • Setting company-wide goals for gender equality, including targets. In 2012, CCA Australian Beverages achieved the goal of 29 percent participation for female managers, and 29 percent for female employees overall.
  • A system of pay equity analysis.
  • Clear workplace policies regarding appropriate workplace conduct, discrimination, and the provision of safe and healthy workplaces, as well as a flexible work options policy and access to a Corporate Family Program – an information resource for employees to get information on parenting and elder care.
  • A zero-tolerance approach to all forms of violence at work, including verbal and/or physical abuse, and sexual harassment

"We still have work to do to improve our gender balance, however we’re confident that by working with the support of UN Women we will be able to continue our progress," Davis said.

 

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