The LEAD Network Pledge

Embracing Change: Transformation through Diversity

 

The first LEAD CEO Roundtable was held during the LEAD Network lustrum event on November 2nd, 2017, in Amsterdam. The roundtable, dedicated to the topic of “Embracing Change: Transformation through Diversity”, was hosted by Frans Muller, Deputy CEO, Ahold Delhaize. During the meeting, the group of industry leaders discussed several topics, including the first draft of the pledge to substantially improve gender parity at the Director level and above. The LEAD Network is proud to share with you our pledge to accelerate gender parity and drive inclusion in the European Retail & CPG value chain.

The LEAD Network Pledge

Embracing Change: Transformation through Diversity

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We commit to meaningfully accelerate gender parity and drive inclusion
in the European Retail & CPG value chain by…

  1. Striving to create new norms towards parity
  2. Engaging in courageous conversations about ways to truly create inclusive cultures where everyone can thrive
  3. Educating employees about the negative impact of bias on retention, development and advancement of women
  4. Continuing to coach and mentor female & diverse employees, while also increasing sponsoring
  5. Assessing current recruiting strategies and ensuring there are intentional efforts to hire, promote and pay equitably female & diverse employees
  6. Instituting a diverse slating process committed to always selecting the best talent, and requiring 50% of those considered to be diverse
  7. Creating transparent, contemporary practices and policies
  8. Leveraging LEAD Network to share leading practices

… resulting in a significant increase in female representation at the Director level and above …

We commit to a significant percentage point increase by 2020 (at least 5%) from our current corporate baselines, collectively increasing the LEAD industry scorecard baseline of 25% (2017) and to building a plan to achieve gender parity over the next decade.

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The following members participated in the Roundtable:

  • Host: Frans Muller, Deputy CEO, Ahold Delhaize
  • Moderator: Abbe Luersman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ahold Delhaize
  • Trudy Bourgeois, President & CEO, The Center of Workforce Excellence
  • Gary Coombe, President, P&G Europe
  • Ilham Kadri, President & CEO, Diversey
  • Tom Schmitt, Member of the Board of Management, CCO, DB Schenker
  • Diane Tucci, VP, Country Manager Spain, Costco Wholesale
  • Absent: Myriam Cohen-Welgryn, Regional President BDB Europe, Mars Petcare
  • Scribe: Mick Broekhof, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the LEAD Network

For more information on the pledge, please contact: mick.broekhof@lead-eu.net