Voltic (GH) Limited, a subsidiary of Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), has taken a further step towards its goal of having half of its leadership positions held by women by 2025 with the hosting of a seminar to develop the leadership capabilities of its female employees.
The seminar, held under the theme “The Career Woman; Balancing for Growth”, was an interactive session where women were able to share their experiences and the challenges of maintaining a balance between work and their personal lives.
Managing Director Flora Jika, who is also the patron of the company’s Women in Leadership team, encouraged participants to grow their network in the workplace and work towards improving daily in their personal lives.
“CCBA is committed to creating inclusive opportunities for women in our communities and in the business because they are integral to our continent’s shared success,” said Jika.
The Women in Leadership programme was established to groom women employees for leadership roles and develop their competencies in support of CCBA’s target of 50% women leaders by 2025.
Participant Larissa-Ann Lartey expressed her satisfaction after the seminar. “It was a nice experience. Especially hearing different experiences and tips on issues that specifically affect women in the world of work,” she said.
An example of CCBA’s focus on women in creating inclusive growth opportunities for communities is the company’s participation in the Coca-Cola 5by20 programme, which set a global goal to economically enable five million women by 2020.
The programme exceeded its goal – in total, six million women around the world gained access to business skills, financial services, assets and support networks of peers and mentors, giving them the confidence, skills and resources to thrive while also helping to create sustainable communities.
In its markets, CCBA contributed significantly by supplying two million women entrepreneurs with foundational business skills, coaching and support.
The company has now adopted the three pillars of education, employability and entrepreneurship as a framework for its economic inclusion strategy.
The aim is to boost income, provide decent earning potential and improve skills and business knowledge for women, resulting in them accessing other opportunities.