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MC Sonae

“For ICA Gruppen, being a LEAD partner is something that will provide us with inspiration and knowledge. We are certain that this will contribute to our efforts in promoting female leaders in our group”

Petra Albuschus, Chief HR Officer,
ICA Gruppen

‘I firmly believe that diverse teams boost creativity and nurture holistic solutions. Today more than ever, it is crucial to have teams that are diverse in gender and race but also age and personal backgrounds. I am extremely proud that L’OCCITANE Group joins the Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Network. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the network’s resources as a means of forging ahead with our diversity and inclusion policies. Membership of the network will provide a platform for our employees to grow on a personal and professional level and drive the Group’s ambition to act as an advocate for women in business within the industry worldwide.’

Sylvain Desjonquères
L’OCCITANE Group Managing Director

As corporate members of LEAD Network and playing an active role locally, we strongly believe that actions speak louder than words and strive continuously to create the gender equity necessary in the work place to bring about equality between the sexes in society as a whole. We wholeheartedly agree with and actively support the LEAD Network’s vision that the advancement of women in leadership roles is necessary to face actual business challenges. After all the valuable work which our LEAD Network Turkish Chapter has put in over recent years, I am happy and proud to announce that next year’s event is to be held in our home city of Istanbul, Turkey. For those of you who have already visited this wonderful place, I am sure this will be a welcome opportunity to return and for those of you who haven’t, it is about time you sampled our food, culture, and history at the meeting point of Europe and Asia.”

Özgür Tort , CEO of Migros Ticaret A.Ş., Consumer Goods Forum Co-Chair

“Our consumers are diverse and our employees are too: One of our values is to be “open and inclusive” and we strive to live by that every day in the organisation.”

Louise Stigant, Managing Director UK
Mondelēz International

“Diversity has a long history at Sonae MC and it is truly related to our evolution, our growth and also the diversification of our business. Our Leaders are committed to the mission of the LEAD Network, as we strongly believe that gender diversity – and diversity as a whole – provides a significant added value for our teams, acting as a potential driver of dynamism, innovation, creativity and performance. We believe that by supporting LEAD Network we will be able to advance more successfully with our strategy of a diverse workforce, always balancing the meritocracy and gender diversity of our teams, and also considering our particular role and example as the largest private employer in Portugal.

Isabel Barros, Member of the Executive Board,
Sonae MC

“Diversity&Inclusion: Buzzwords? Just a new trend? For me as a hiring manager I need to be aware of the criteria women have to consider when making their next career move. By developing my understanding of their needs I can build more diverse teams, which are proven to be more effective and in my experience more FUN.”

Wim van Aalst, Supply Chain Director,
Waitrose & Partners