The Coca-Cola Company has been named a recipient of the 2013 Catalyst Award in recognition of our work to advance and empower women in the workplace and across our value chain.
Our Company shares the prestigious honor with aluminum producer Alcoa and Unilever.
In honoring Coca-Cola, the organization singled out our Global Women’s Initiative (GWI). This internal and external program, led by Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, was created in 2007 to advance women to leadership positions within the Company, as well as to empower women in business throughout our external value chain. A key GWI program, 5by20, aims to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs across our global value chain by 2020.
Catalyst President & CEO Ilene Lang says our Global Women’s Initiative and other programs enacted by this year’s honorees not only demonstrate that gender diversity strategies can be implemented to support local regions and businesses. They’re also “championed by male CEOs who understand the strong business case for including women in top leadership and have made women’s advancement an organization-wide priority from day one,” she adds.
Kent said the Company is honored by the recognition, and reiterated our continued commitment to empowering women in all aspects of business. “We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award, which validates that we are on the right track toward empowering women inside our Company and across our value chain,” he noted. “We are proud to be recognized for our accomplishments, but we realize there is still a great deal of work to do to reach our goal of achieving true diversity. This award will give us further courage on our exciting journey.”
More on Journey
- New Program Puts Veterans to Work Teaching Physical Fitness to Youths and Families
- Coca-Cola Invites the World to Reach up and Support the Special Olympics World Games 2015 Los Angeles
- The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $26.2 Million in First Half of the Year to Benefit More Than 90 Million People Worldwide
- The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 Initiative Reaches More Than 1.2 Million Women Entrepreneurs
- Coca-Cola Replenishes 108.5 Billion Liters of Water Back to Communities