we might get inclined to believe that the same would be a reality of rural
India, the truth is, myths around menstruation are as much a part of the urban
life. With nutrition, health and wellness being at the
core of Nestle as an organization, ensuring the same for our employees becomes
an imperative for us. Stemming from this thought, Project Sanjhi was initiated
to promote awareness on menstrual hygiene among the women
workers in our factories. Organized in association with local Rotary Clubs* (namely, Rotary Club of Panipat, Rotary Club of Moga City, Rotary Club of Una, Rotary Club of Ponda, Rotary Club of Nanjangud, Rotary Club of Bicholim), the
sessions were facilitated by a qualified gynecologist. They not only emphasized
on good practices to maintain health during menstruation,
but also busted some of the myths associated with it. Though we have ensured the
provision of the right infrastructure in terms of sanitary pad dispensing and
disposal units in all our branch offices and factories,
we believe awareness in a critical focus area. And while the change in habits
does take its own time, awareness is the first step and we are keen on making it
a successful one.
journey of Sanjhi has been rewarding so far.
"The session on menstrual hygiene was a very rewarding one. Some of the myths
and taboos we got to know were shocking. Another important thing was the
importance of exercise and nutrition, even for us, which I had never
really thought about earlier".
session on menstrual hygiene was a very rewarding one. Some of the myths and
taboos we got to know were shocking. Another important thing was the importance
of exercise and nutrition, even for us, which I had never
really thought about earlier".
Further to our commitment to ensure a conducive work environment for returning
mothers, we offer as part of Pre & Post Maternity Benefit, priority parking,
ergonomic seating, and a travel benefit. As an organization,
we stress on the importance of breastfeeding. Quoted as an industry practice the
travel benefit allows returning mothers to travel with their child and a
caregiver while travelling for business till their child
turns two years old. This policy has been a huge enabler for young mothers and
has aided them in maintaining the balance between their professional and
"Leaving my 1.8 year old kid and travelling for a week to other factories to
facilitate coaching sessions was a concern for me. Luckily, this policy came in
and I could plan 4 consecutive sessions adhering to my professional
commitments and also take care of my daughter".
Simplicity. Accountability. Inclusivity. These are the cornerstones of diversity
and inclusion at Nestle. With 'Respect for Diversity' as one of our core values,
D&I is a part of our cultural fabric.
how do these cornerstones define what we do? Impact through simplicity has been
the bottom line of all our initiatives. All that we do is based on the objective
of doing simple, but impactful things. Whether it
was sanitation facilities at distributor points or Project Sanjhi to address
sanitary hygiene for female employees, the objective was to address the simpler
things which contribute immensely in creating a conducive
workplace environment. Also, we believe that diversity and inclusion cannot be
just a top driven agenda, it is a value for us which is owned and lived by all
our employees. To ensure that we build that accountability,
our most important initiative on unconscious bias has been driven by the
employees, in some cases even by union members in the factories. With shop floor
employees in factories and sales managers in the field facilitating
these sessions, the change has been driven by employees at the helm rather than
being a HR agenda. Additionally, being an Equal Opportunity Employer, our
intention has always been to design policies which are inclusive.
Whether it was the adoption leave or work from home, our policies ensure we look
at inclusivity as critically as diversity.