Kampala – Hima Cement, a member of Holcim Group, has received the UNDP Gold Gender Equality Seal. The award ceremony, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Private Sector Foundation in Kampala, took place on the 8th of December 2023 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
The UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification is designed to promote and acknowledge best practices in gender equality, with a focus on enhancing women's economic and social empowerment. It reflects the company's unwavering commitment to fostering gender equality within its organization.
Hima Cement understands the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. The company has implemented progressive policies and initiatives to ensure a supportive and equitable environment for all its employees. As part of its commitment to gender equality, Hima Cement has pioneered innovative initiatives such as the 'Women on Wheels' program where 63% of the company’s fleet of trucks is driven by women. By offering women the chance to take on roles traditionally dominated by men, the program aims to bridge gender gaps and create a more diverse and equal workforce.
CEO Jean-Michel expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "Receiving the UNDP Gold Gender Equality Seal is a moment of pride for Hima Cement. We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and this award reinforces our commitment to creating a workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, has equal opportunities to thrive."
Irene Nayera, Human Resources Director, added, "This achievement is a collective effort of our entire team. We are dedicated to nurturing an environment where every individual feels valued and can contribute their best. The Gold Gender Equality Seal is a milestone, but we acknowledge that our journey towards gender equality is ongoing, and we remain committed to continuous improvement."
Hima Cement remains dedicated to being a leader in promoting gender equality within the workplace and beyond. The company sees this recognition as a catalyst for further initiatives that contribute to a more inclusive and diverse society.