Nutrition Health and Wellness Company, Nestlé Ghana has commissioned a production line manned by females from end to end. The first of its kind in the 62 years history of the company in Ghana. According to Management of the company, this initiative is to empower women in its value chain and ensure gender balance in its workforce to maximize productivity.
Philomena Tan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana, who is the second female Managing Director of the company after Freda Duplan, said during the commissioning that, “Nestlé has been taking deliberate steps to empower more women to take up job positions at all levels including leadership. Having a balanced and diverse workforce of men and women, we are able to capitalize on their complementary strengths that allow us to meet the needs of our consumers better and thus generating sustainable growth for the organization. By this commissioning of all female production line, Nestlé is not just giving more women economic opportunities for the sake of it, Nestlé is empowering women to take up more roles to accelerate inclusion and enhance productivity in our workforce”.
Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, speaking at the ceremony, congratulated Nestlé Ghana for championing Gender Balance and diversity in its workforce and being a leading example for others to follow. She urged women in Nestlé who have been given the opportunity to work hard and become torchbearers for other young females to follow.
As part of the commissioning, a Nursery was opened at the factory as a holding place for employees’ children while their parents are at work. The Nursery also houses a breastfeeding room to enable intermittent breastfeeding for lactating mothers.