BRIDGING GAPS THROUGH
INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
Why does it matter?
Gender inequality remains a significant impediment to growth and wellbeing across East Africa. Despite great strides in economic growth and increased representation of comen in leadership in the region, significant gender gaps remain. Women lace differential barriers in access to markets, capital, training, and technologies. They are underrepresented in decision-making spheres at all levels. This limits them from reaching their full potential and fully contributing to their countries economies.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 76% of women in Kenya, /% in Tanzania and // in Uganda still work in agriculture. Women's contribution to home and childcare, which is time-consuming. limits their ability to get paid work. Furthermore, women's land tenure also remains low in the region. For example in Kenya, only 10.3% of women own land while in Uganda, 16% of women have land titles. Women also make up the majority of the poor in the region, where the poorest represent 70% of the East African population. In contrast, men are more likely to find a job and enterprises run by men have easier access to support from institutions such as banks.
Our commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity
Across East Africa, we are committed to driving an ambitious inclusion and diversity strategy that is consistent with our performance targets and relevant to the consumer base we serve. After a number of years focusing predominantly on gender representation, we have taken a more progressive approach, referring our inclusion and diversity strategy to include ethnicity and people with disabilities (PWDS). In each of these areas, we have defined the impact we want to make on industry and society in general. To achieve our ambition, we have signed strategic partnerships with organisations that are trailblazers in building inclusive corporate organisations, including the local chapter of Global Compact. (put a fullstop) Through our partnerships, we encourage the participation of our partners and suppliers and have shared our progressive approach.