Nestle Ghana has commissioned a production line manned by females from end to end. This is the first of its kind since the company’s inception about 62 years ago. This initiative is aimed at empowering women in the value chain and to ensure gender balance in the company’s workforce to maximize productivity. It is also aimed at giving lactating mothers the maximum peace needed at work while their babies are being catered for at the nursery by qualified nurses.
Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, Philomena Tan, said Nestle has taken steps to ensure women are empowered so as to help them take up job positions at all levels including leadership roles. She said having a balanced and diverse workforce of men and women will help in the capitalization on their complementary strength. This, she said will allow the company to meet the needs of their consumers and sustain growth for the organization.
“By this commissioning of all an female production line, Nestle is not just giving more women economic opportunities for the sake of it, Nestle is empowering women to take up more roles to accelerate inclusion and enhance productivity in our workforce,” she added.
Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, who graced the occasion congratulated Nestle Ghana for championing Gender balance and diversity in its workforce and setting the pace for others to follow. She urged women especially young ladies who work with Nestle to go the extra mile to become torchbearers for other young ladies to follow.
National president for Registered Midwives Association, Ridhwana Hawa Amoako-Agyei who could not hide her joy over the facility pleaded with Nestle Ghana to extend such to public hospitals to enhance delivery conditions.
The opened nursery at the factory will serve 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.
Theresa Adezewa Ayittey|| ghananewsonline.com.gh