We believe that better business decisions – and stronger business performance – are driven by groups of competent, high-calibre individuals with a mix of skills, experience and backgrounds.
Women’s empowerment and gender diversity are central themes of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a business imperative for businesses such as SABMiller. Women are a vital source of talent in an increasingly competitive employment market, play a central role in our value chain, and represent a huge potential market.
In an industry still seen as male dominated, we are determined to improve gender diversity, particularly among our leadership. Women represent 20.4% of our global workforce (2015: 20.6%) and 29.8%^ of executives and managers (2015: 29.6%). Our ten-strong executive committee includes one woman. 20% of SABMiller’s plc board is female – below the FTSE 100 average of 25.9% – although women hold three of our seven independent non-executive director posts (43%).
We have clear policies and processes for recruiting and treating people fairly and on merit, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or ethnic origin. However, we know we can do more to attract female employees.
- In Africa, we launched Plus One – an initiative that aims to increase the percentage of females across our African businesses at the management and executive level.
- In Australia, we established a local Diversity Forum, which is chaired by the regional managing director. The forum is examining ways to ensure the business attracts, retains, and develops high-performing women.
- MillerCoors celebrates the diversity of its workforce and remains dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. One of MillerCoors’ 2020 goals is for women to comprise 35% of management. In 2015, 99% of MillerCoors leadership completed unconscious bias training, a bespoke programme developed and provided by the MillerCoors University.
- Women also play a central role in our value chains as farmers and retailers. In 2015 we launched the Women in Maize programme in South Africa to support women maize farmers with access to finance, technical expertise and access to markets.
Empowering women through beer
We believe there is an opportunity for the beer sector to enhance both social impact and commercial growth by taking an integrated approach to empowering women - as top talent, as entrepreneurs and workers in the value chain, and as positive advocates. The commercial opportunity from female consumers is significant, but to unlock it the industry needs to offer women a positive experience of the beer category, as well as attractive product and brand choices.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
In South Africa, we continue to support South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) initiatives for growing the economy by including and empowering previously disadvantaged citizens. 81% of The South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd (SAB) workforce is from previously disadvantaged groups and 63% of its employees are black. SAB achieved 78.54 (2015: 79.24) in the last annual BBBEE verification, making it a Level 5 contributor under the new BBBEE code of good practice.