• The mission of the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe through education, leadership and business development.

    LEAD is convinced organisations can create more sustainable value by leveraging the full talent pool. Our Vision is a diverse workforce where both men and women are enabled to contribute their full potential and lead their organisations to the next level of value creation. We believe that advancing more women to take on leadership roles is required to face actual business challenges.

    We are a non-profit organisation and our focus specifically on Retail and CPG industry only is unique within Europe.

  • LEAD Network Video

    See this 3-minute video on the story behind the LEAD Network, how we have grown from 13 Charter members to 2000 today.

    • I’m convinced that diversity and inclusion drives the success of a company, enabling everyone to be the best they can be. In Unilever Food Solutions we have embraced the ambition to create a more diverse, gender balanced team and inclusive work environment to help us reach our full potential and serve our customers better. Our partnership with LEAD network will help us leverage best practices and we believe in the mission of LEAD to advance women. Developing and retaining the right quality and diversity of people is crucial to attract better talent, leads to more innovation and improves business performance. We all will benefit from increasing Diversity and Inclusion; it is simply the right thing to do.”

      Willem Brandt Global Vice President Customer Development Unilever Food Solutions

  • Inspirational journeys with Frans Muller

    Frans Muller, Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Integration Officer of Ahold Delhaize, on the importance of gender divers teams for the Retail and Conumer Goods Business.

    Watch the video here

  • Why EY is a LEAD Foundation Partner

    “According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2014, it will take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity in the workplace.
    At EY, we believe it is far too long and we are committed to do what we can to accelerate women’s progress in the workplace. The Consumer Products & Retail sector is going through a significant transformation and diversity of thought and experience, in particular at senior management, will be critical to navigate change and improve companies’ performance. We are delighted to join forces with LEAD to help achieve its objectives and drive momentum.”
    - Elaine Parr – Consumer Products & Retail (CPR) Advisory Leader for EMEIA - EY

    Click here to find out more about EY "Women. Fast forward"