KELLOGG SUB-SA­HA­RAN AFRICA DRIVES GROWTH THROUGH DI­VER­SITY AND IN­CLU­SION

Public Sector Manager - - WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR -

Women of Kellogg (WOK) is a Kellogg’s global em­ployee re­source group that started in 2015 with an ob­jec­tive to in­spire and en­able women at Kellogg to feel ful­filled. Its in­tent is to foster an in­clu­sive cul­ture of on­go­ing com­mit­ment that lever­ages on the di­ver­sity that each in­di­vid­ual brings to Kellogg.

DI­VER­SITY AND IN­CLU­SIV­ITY

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s am­bi­tion is that the work­force is a di­verse and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity of pas­sion­ate peo­ple mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Kellogg’s is work­ing to­wards a 50:50 gen­der party by 2020. This is ev­i­dent in the Kellogg’s executive com­mit­ment to re­cruit­ing, pro­mot­ing and re­tain­ing women in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. WOK there­fore sup­ports the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s strate­gies to­wards this. Zandile Mposelwa, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Emerg­ing Mar­kets and Rest of Africa as well as Head of WOK in South Africa, says, “Our or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pur­pose is nour­ish­ing families so they can flor­ish and thrive. It is there­fore im­por­tant that the women who sup­port the busi­ness de­liver to this pur­pose are in­spired and also en­abled too”. “To grow our busi­ness, we must have a tal­ented, di­verse work­force and an in­clu­sive cor­po­rate cul­ture. A di­verse work­force helps us en­sure we un­der­stand the needs and pres­sure points of our di­verse con­sumer base across the Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa re­gion. An in­clu­sive and sup­port­ive cul­ture helps en­sure our em­ploy­ees feel val­ued and sup­ports de­liver the or­gan­i­sa­tional agenda,” con­tin­ued Mposelwa. On­go­ing re­search has shown that di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion (D&I) drives bet­ter team­work, in­no­va­tion, en­gage­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity. It is to this end that Kellogg’s com­mits to em­pow­er­ing women at dif­fer­ent lev­els and sup­port­ing their ca­reer de­vel­op­ment goals.

WOMEN IN KEY PO­SI­TIONS

One of the high­lights to­wards women em­pow­er­ment for Kellogg’s South Africa is the re­cent pro­mo­tion of Tsholofelo Ngob­eni to a Plant Man­ager po­si­tion, the first woman ap­pointed in this role at Kellogg. In this role, Ngob­eni over­sees one of the most crit­i­cal func­tions - the pro­duc­tion of food that nour­ishes our con­sumers in an en­vi­ron­ment that is safe for our peo­ple. The operation that Ngob­eni leads com­prises ap­prox­i­mately 150 peo­ple. In­di­ca­tors of progress to­wards the women em­pow­er­ment agenda, Kellogg has ap­point­ment women is sev­eral se­nior roles across their Sub-Sa­ha­ran busi­ness. Some of these are;

TSHOLOFELO NGOB­ENI

Plant Man­ager, South Africa

XOLILE MBATHA Re­search, Nu­tri­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Di­rec­tor, South Africa

ZANDILE MPOSELWA Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Rest of Africa and Emerg­ing Mar­kets/Head of Women of Kel­logs SSA (WOK)

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