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Nestlé India increases the number of female employees; 42% of new hires in 2020 were women, Retail News, ET Retail

New Delhi: Nestlé India, the large consumer goods company, is increasing the number of its employees as part of its efforts to promote gender diversity. Currently, around 23% of Nestlé India’s workforce are women, Chairman and CEO Suresh Narayanan said on Monday.

“We have made a lot of progress on this. When I came to Nestlé India in 2015, at the time, we were at around 15-16%. We have now gone down to 23%,” Narayanan told reporters during a roundtable on virtual media.

Nestlé India, which currently operates eight factories in the country and will soon commission the ninth, employs more than 7,700 people.

“This is not the end, we would like to do a lot better than that. And in fact last year in 2020, 42% of all the hires we made at the company were female applicants and that is a trend that continues. year also, ”added Narayanan.

At Nestlé’s new factory in Sanand, Gujarat, which will manufacture its popular Maggi line of instant noodles, 62 percent of employees are believed to be women.

“One of the symbols of diversity for the company would be commissioned in the coming weeks. Our Sanand plant is nearing completion. 62 percent of the Sanand plant’s workforce is believed to be women.” , did he declare.

Nestlé is investing around Rs 700 crore in the Sanand plant.

In addition, Narayanan said that Nestlé India has so far invested around Rs.300 crore to increase the capacity of its existing factories. This is part of his previously announced plans to invest Rs 2,600 crore over the next three or four years.

Nestlé India has also submitted proposals for the Government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program for the food processing sector.

However, he did not disclose any details.