On the 7th of August, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand (CCEP NZ) held its first Women in Supply Chain Development Event in Auckland.
Our Learning & Development team championed the event, bringing together female representatives from all six Supply Chain sites nationwide. Women represent 22% of our workforce in supply chain and the event supports the development of our people, as we continue to encourage more diversity in our workforce.
We had Linda Leo, the regional Vice President of Customer Service & Supply Chain for Australia and Pacific join us for the event. Linda shared her career journey, key learnings and why she loves working in supply chain. Linda joined Wendy Rayner, GM Strategy & Brand and Kate James, P&C Business Partner for a panel discussion, as they shared their experiences of working within the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry.
Inclusion and Diversity was a key topic – with attendees hearing from Bryce Retter, Director NZ Supply Chain and our gender-pillar lead Angela Demoor, General Counsel & Company Secretary Pacific. Attendees also heard from some of our recruitment team, as they joined the Supply Chain leadership team to discuss transferable skills and internal career progression opportunities.
The day concluded with a personal brand session with the team from Leaderful and networking drinks with our wider leadership team.
Throughout the event many great stories about working in supply chain were shared. There were also discussions of how we can encourage more women to join our supply chain team, and how we can help make the supply chain here at CCEP NZ an inclusive environment for all.
Thanks to everyone who attended or supported the day. While 76% of our women from the Supply Chain joined, we acknowledge and appreciate those who were unable to join and kept Supply Chain operations running on the day – Thank you.
We’re looking forward to hearing the feedback from the event and we will take our learnings to develop plans to continue to encourage more diversity within our Supply Chain team and ensure an environment where ‘everyone’s welcome’.