P&G unveils new commitments to advancing equality in APAC

P&G furthers commitment to advancing equality and inclusivity – from upping spend on women-owned businesses to equal representation of female directors

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has furthered its already ambitious commitment to advancing equality and inclusivity in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

The consumer goods giant announced an array of new equality pledges at its fourth annual #WeSeeEqual summit for the region, which saw equality advocates, including Google’s APAC President (Scott Beaumont) and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director (Anita Bhatia) convene to discuss the acceleration of progress.

P&G makes progress on regional commitments in just one year

These new regional pledges follow on from those made at last year’s summit, as well as those made by P&G globally, as an organisation fully committed to “creating a world where equal access and opportunity to learn, grow, succeed, and thrive are available to everyone”.

P&G has already made strong progress on regional commitments made last year, with its ‘Share the Care’ parental leave policy giving all new parents across Asia-Pacific greater leave benefits and flexibility.

The company also delivered on its commitment to achieving a 50-50 gender balance across its management workforce by 2022 in the region, completing this ahead of schedule, and on its commitment to educate more than 30 million girls on puberty and hygiene by 2024, via its brands Always and Whisper’s ‘Keeping Girls in School’ program, the company has already reached more than 15 million girls, achieving the halfway market in just one year.

P&G announces bold new commitments to accelerate progress

And while the company is certainly making great progress in advancing regional equality, it knows there is more work to be done and so has announced bold new commitments, as well as expanding on existing actions.

“We will continue to use the voice of our company and our brands in forums such as #WeSeeEqual to drive discussion and actions on the issues that matter,” says P&G President for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, Magesvaran Suranjan.

Here are the four new commitments made:

1.     Increase spend on women-owned and led businesses

Increasing spend on women-owned and led businesses regionally, P&G announced a cumulative total of US$300 million on working with women-owned and -led businesses across the APAC, Middle East, and Africa region, from 2021 to 2025. This builds on last year’s commitment to spend US$200 million, with P&G already investing US$100m in the first year.

2.     Achieve equal gender representation of directors in advertising

P&G announced it will achieve equal representation of female directors behind the camera for the company's brand advertisements in the region, by 2024. The company has already made strong progress, increasing representation of female directors from 16% in 2019 to 35% today, with plans to achieve the 50-50 goal by 2024 through a comprehensive set of actions to build, fuel, and connect a pipeline of diverse female talent in advertising, media, and content.  

3.     Make brand advertising accessible to visually and aurally impaired

The company announced plans to improve the accessibility of its brand advertising including social media content and websites, by making it accessible to people with sight and hearing impairments by 2024. P&G will do this for all new brand advertising across the region. This initiative will make P&G brands more inclusive and accessible to all members of the community.

4.     Introduce 'P&G ReLaunch program' 

P&G unveiled a regional program to welcome the return of talented professionals who took a break from the workforce and are looking to restart their careers in STEM roles, with targeted support and development. Set to launch first in India, Egypt, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines, the program is part of the company's commitment to strengthen diversity in STEM and will focus on people looking to relaunch their careers in IT, Research & Development, and Product Supply. 

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