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Consuming Passion

Unilever’s Global Mentoring Programme aims to guide its high-potential women into senior roles at the consumer goods giant. Now the course has evolved beyond mentoring, and into sponsorship, too. Katherine Ray reports The Unilever Global Mentoring Programme was launched in March 2009. It had one main objective: to aid the development and accelerate the readiness of high-potential women to enter into senior leadership positions at the consumer multinational. The programme has since evolved beyond mentoring – now it effectively provides sponsorship as well. While participation never guaranteed promotion, mentees could get the guidance they needed to navigate their next career move, […]

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Unilever grows female talent

Unilever’s efforts to ‘home-grow’ female leaders to more accurately reflect its largely female customer base are paying off, thanks to a global mentoring programme. As Coaching at Work went to press, Unilever workers in the UK planned to carry on striking against changes to their pension scheme, while group CEO Paul Polman was lambasted for being paid a salary 285 times that of the average worker. However, while Polman’s strategies have been criticised in some quarters, his approach to diversity seems to be hitting the spot. In the two years since Unilever launched its global mentoring programme to achieve greater ‘gender […]

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