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Barry Callebaut launches Group-wide Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

By Anthony Myers

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Barry Callebaut has started 2021 with a new Diversity & Inclusion Strategy called ‘#oneBC’. Pic Barry Callebaut Group
Barry Callebaut has started 2021 with a new Diversity & Inclusion Strategy called ‘#oneBC’. Pic Barry Callebaut Group

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Barry Callebaut Group has unveiled a new strategy to attract and retain employees 'from all quarters of society and the world'.

The Swiss-headquartered premium cocoa supplier said its ‘#oneBC’ Diversity & Inclusion Strategy will be united by the Group’s values, intended to nurture an inclusive environment where diversity and sustainable growth can flourish.

We can only grow sustainably as a company if we grow as individuals and as teams, if we are able to attract talents wherever they are and create an environment where they feel they belong and can develop their full potential​,” Barry Callebaut said in a statement.

As part of that strategy, the Group said it has “developed a focused, ambitious, measurable and time-bound D&I Strategy​.”

By 2025, it aims to achieve the following:

More progress in gender balance at senior level

  • 40% women at Director level
  • 30% women at Director level in Sales

More diversification in the origin of our talent at senior level

  • 50% local talent at Director level in countries of origin and emerging markets

With a business spanning from farm services to chefs pâtissiers and master chocolatiers, and from the large cities of the world to the small cocoa farms in rural areas, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where everyone is given the opportunity to learn, grow and fulfil their potential​,” said Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group.

Progress will be outlined each year in the Group’s Annual Report.

Isabelle Esser, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Barry Callebaut Group, said: “We are a purpose-led company, driven by our love for cocoa and chocolate, our passion for growth and our commitment to sustainability. Like Forever Chocolate, Diversity & Inclusion is about growth: growth of our talents, growth of our attractiveness, growth of our company. We have to commit to time-bound targets focusing on a few business-critical challenges. What you measure, you improve​!”

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