PepsiCo celebrated International Women’s Day to bring together women of diverse backgrounds to speak about their challenges and accomplishments.
The theme for International Women’s Day was “Be bold for change”.
The session, modeled on the TEDx theme of speaking extemporaneously, included comments from speakers, questions from the audience, and concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Adel Garas, PepsiCo’s President for the Asia Pacific Region.
“People are PepsiCo’s greatest asset,” said Garas. “We believe in building a workforce that reflects the diverse consumers and communities we serve. Gender equality, diversity and inclusion are core to our company’s values and how we operate as a global corporate citizen in Pakistan and around the world.”
“We recently surveyed female associates to help us identify opportunities to positively impact engagement and commitment of our female associates, and enable them to unleash their full potential,” he added.
Adding to Mr.Garas’s comments, PepsiCo Pakistan’s Vice President and General Manager, Mr.Furqan Ahmed Syed,thankedPepsiCo’s female associates for their invaluable contributions.
“You have been an integral part of our successes over the years and I count on your passion, creativity, and leadership to make PepsiCo Pakistan the pride of PepsiCo, and an employer of the first choice for females in our country,” said Mr. Syed.
“Indeed, diversity and inclusion will be critical to achieving our Performance with Purpose goals for 2025 by helping to create a sustainable advantage for us,” he added.
The International Women’s Day celebration takes place at a time when PepsiCo Pakistan has made significant strides in making the organization more female-friendly.
Steps in this direction include the day-care facilities for young children established at both the Head Office as well as the snacks plant, a mentorship program for young females, creation of the PepsiCo Pakistan Women’s Forum, and the scaling up of the Lighting Up Lives program so that families with women and children can benefit.
Ms. Shamim Akhtar, Pakistan’s first female truck driver; Ms. Zenith Irfan, Pakistan’s first female motorcyclist to travel to Khunjerab Pass; Ms. Rubina Jamal, a trekker who has taken expeditions to some of the world’s tallest mountains were the guest speakers at the session.
Recently SOC films reveal the launch of series of short films to educate women about their rights in Pakistan to commemorate International Women’s Day 2017.