KELLOGG SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DRIVES GROWTH THROUGH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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;
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)