Tetra Pak calls for more women to join manufacturing sector
Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June, Tetra Pak has highlighted the need to improve diversity in the manufacturing sector in order to help drive transformational change.
F&B sector issues present opportunities for women
The packaging giant, which has solid sustainability credentials and ambitious diversity targets, believes there is an opportunity for more women to join the Food & Beverage (F&B) manufacturing sector in particular, to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the sector today – from food safety to availability and sustainability.
“Our global food systems are facing many challenges – in terms of climate change, food safety and hygiene and distribution,” says Marie Sandin, VP Engineering and Plant Automation at Tetra Pak. “We can make a difference in all of these areas, but our impact will be far more effective if we involve more women in the movement.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on critical environmental issues as well as the importance of food safety and availability and we need all hands on deck to address these evolving challenges."
According to the Swiss-headquartered company, which has more than 25,555 employees, a huge variety of skillsets are needed today to boost innovation in the food packaging industry. These skillsets range from mechanical and automation engineering to microbiology and food science.
“I see an opportunity for women to enter the food science discipline and make an impact,” says Tetra Pak Food Science Lead in USA & Canada Abigail Dagadu. “Drawing from my own experience, my role is to look for innovative solutions to some of the world's most important issues today: from food insecurity and famine to metabolic diseases, like obesity and diabetes, it's a chance to drive real societal change, and I would encourage all young women with STEM qualifications to consider a career in the F&B industry."
Lack of women in manufacturing sector
According to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap report, women make up only a third of roles in the manufacturing sector, dropping to just 21% at a senior executive level.
And Tetra Pak recognises that despite increased efforts itself as a company in this area, it has not seen the progress it had hoped for.
In 2017, when just 24% of Tetra Pak’s employees at middle management level were female, the company created a gender advisory panel of 15 men and women across the business to tackle cultural issues and develop an action plan.
With a specific focus on closing gaps in the area of women in leadership and providing growth opportunities for all, the company managed to achieve a 14% rise in women in top management positions in 2020 with “the percentage of women hires trending up and the participation of women in learning high”, according to the company’s 2020 Sustainability report.
But while the company said it was “seeing the number of women in our talent pools slowly growing”, it recognised that work is still needed to bring about a step change, “not least as the talent pool of women in sciences generally remains small”.
Recognising that the manufacturing industries have not always been the most attractive career choice for women, owing to the stereotypes and legacies of this heavily male-dominated sector, Laurence Mott, Executive VP, Development and Engineering at Tetra Pak, said that now there was a “brilliant opportunity for more diversity and for female innovators to help protect our global food supply chains for generations to come”.
He adds: "We have a number of women in leadership roles across Automation and Digital, Programme Management, Systems Engineering and Materials and Packaging, and our Future Talent graduate programme is helping usher in the next generation of female engineers and leaders, - but we can still do more. The success of a company depends not only on the competence of its people but also the diversity within."
Tetra Pak supports International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), 23 June, an international initiative celebrating the work and achievements of female engineers. The day provides an important opportunity to raise the profile of women in innovation and highlight the amazing career opportunities available.
Tetra Pak’s ESG goals
Founded in 1951, the Swiss-headquartered company has more than 24,000 employees and provides products to more than 175 different countries. With operations at scale and with packaging its business, being socially responsible and sustainable is crucial and the company.
Having published its annual sustainability report since 2004, in 2017, the company adopted Global reporting Initiative G4 guidelines for the first time in order to report on its progress on sustainability against an industry-wide standard, and in 2019, launched its new Strategy 2030 with pillars including to lead the sustainability transformation, including low-carbon circular economy solutions and enhance sustainability across the value chain.
And so far so good. IN 2019, the company was rated as a leader by CDP, making it’s a list for the fourth consecutive year, for its climate action and for driving sustainable sourcing its supply chain, as well as rating by EcoVadis in the top 1% of companies in its industry category.
The company has accelerated its efforts towards the goal of 100% recyclable packaging and was the first packaging company to launch paper straws in Europe, and the first F&B firm to offer packaging with Bonsucro-certified Chain of Custody for plant-based polymers. It has now achieved 69% of renewable energy in its operations.
People Moves EMEA: Kearney, KPMG, Oliver Wyman, Skoda
It’s been a busy week for executive transitions across EMEA and especially in the world of consulting, with partner/CEO announcements at Oliver Wyman, KPMG and Kearney, and in the role of head of sustainability, with new CSO appointments at Laing O’Rourke and Syngenta Group.
We round up the biggest executive moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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Set to take the top job at consulting giant Oliver Wyman next month, Nick Studer has been named CEO and Dual President of the firm’s economic and brand consulting subsidiaries NERA and Lippincott and will be based in London. Having been with Oliver Wyman for more than two decades, becoming partner in 2003, Studer has since served in a variety of international leadership roles, including head of Global Corporate and Institutional banking Practice, before becoming managing partner at the start of 2021.
According to Dan Glaser, CEO of Oliver Wyman parent Marsh McLennan, Studer has not just led many of the firm’s practices, but he “has been a leading voice for change and a major driver of our Inclusion and Diversity agenda”.
Delphine Bourrilly to lead Kearney in France
Seasoned consultant Delphine Bourrilly has been appointed leader of consulting firm Kearney for France, one of the firm’s larger locations in Europe, becoming fifth head of the Paris office. Having been with Kearney for more than a decade, most recently leading the Leadership, Change and Organisation practice across Europe, Bourrilly has an array of client successes under her consulting belt, including overseeing an operating model transformation at a large retailer. Prior to this, she spent five years at UBS. According to Geir Olsen, Head of Europe at Kearney, Bourrilly’s “talent, energy and charisma will be critical in leading Kearney through its next growth phase in France”.
Roland Villinger becomes head of corporate and product strategy, Skoda Auto
A consulting veteran, Roland Villinger has been appointed head of Skoda Auto’s corporate and product strategy, a newly created area for the Czech car manufacturer that combines two departments. Described by Skoda’s CEO Thomas Schafer as “an international experienced leader and proven digital expert”, Villinger most recently oversaw the implementation of Volkswagen Group strategy and was also previously chief strategy officer and chief digital officer at Audi AG. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at consultancy McKinsey including serving as a senior partner and running McKinsey’s operations in the APAC region.
Hanan Alowain promoted to Partner, public sector, KPMG
Becoming the second Saudi female partner in the history of KPMG, Hanan Alowain has been promoted to Partner in the firm’s Public Sector function. With 14 years of experience in human capital and social development in the Kingdom, including the last three and a half years at KPMG, Alowain is a Harvard Business School graduate with extensive experience both in the public sector, as director of research and development for the Saudi government’s Ministry of Labour, and the private sector, including as a partner at investment & development group Eradah.
Vicky Bullivant named Laing O’Rourke’s first-ever group head of sustainability
Seasoned ESG leader Vicky Bullivant is joining Laing O’Rourke as its first-ever group head of sustainability from Drax Group where she was head of sustainable business and responsible for developing the firm’s climate ambition, social strategy and community and charity policies. Having led the world’s first company ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, and the UK’s first energy company to commit to improving skills and education for one million people by 2025, Bullivant boasts 25 years of ESG business experience in highly regulated sectors, FTSE 100 companies, government and NGOs.
Bullivant spent eight years at Experian, where she was head of corporate affairs and community, nearly four years as head of corporate responsibility at Eon, five years as group head of sustainability at Rolls-Royce, where she turned around the firm’s performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability index, as well as sustainability heads at Tate & Lyle and Drax Group.
Daniel Vennard joins Syngenta Group as new CSO
Former global director at the World Resources Institute Daniel Vennard has been appointed chief sustainability officer for Syngenta Group. Based in Basel, Switzerland, Vennard will be responsible for developing and implementing the Group’s sustainability into its business strategy. Bringing extensive experience in the development of sustainability strategies and in launching global sustainability programmes that deliver growth and impact, Vennard most recently served as global director at the World Resources Institute, Vennard founded the Better Buying Lab bringing together scientists to develop, test and scale innovations that help consumers opt for sustainable plant-based food.
Prior to this he spent 15 years at Mars and Procter & Gamble in sustainability, corporate strategy and marketing and brings “creativity and remarkable expertise in sustainability” that will “help us further advance regenerative farming practices and help mitigate the harmful effects of global warming”, says Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Syngenta Group.