Voltic Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), has taken a further step toward its goal of having half 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 wherein women were able to share their experiences and the challenges of maintaining a balance between work and their personal lives.
Managing Director and Patron of Women in Leadership-Voltic, Flora Jika, encouraged participants to grow their network in the workplace and also work toward improving their personal lives daily.
“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 percent 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 of economically enabling 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 three pillars – 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.
CCBA is the eighth-largest Coca-Cola bottling partner in the world by revenue, and the largest on the continent. It accounts for over 40 percent of all Coca-Cola products sold in Africa by volume. With over 17,000 employees in Africa, CCBA services over 600,000 customers with a host of international and local brands.