Chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, has unveiled its #oneBC diversity and inclusion strategy, which aims to help the business attract and retain talents from “all quarters of society and the world”.

According to the chocolate maker, Barry Callebaut can only grow sustainably if the business also grows as individuals and teams. Which is why it has launched a new diversity and inclusion strategy – to tackle issues close to its heart.

As part of this strategy, Barry Callebaut aims to achieve the following by 2025:

  • More progress in gender balance at senior level
  • 40% women at Director level
  • 30% women at Director level in sales
  • More diversification in the origin of its talent at Senor level
  • 50% local talent at Director level in countries of origin and emerging markets.

Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, commented: “With a business spanning from farm services to chefs pâtissiers and master chocolatiers, and from the large cities of the world to the small cocoa farms in rural areas, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where everyone is given the opportunity to learn, grow and fulfill their potential.”

Every year, the company will report on the progress it has made against the targets in its annual report.

Isabelle Esser, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Barry Callebaut Group, added: “We are a purpose-led company, driven by our love for cocoa and chocolate, our passion for growth and our commitment to sustainability. Like Forever Chocolate, Diversity and Inclusion is about growth: growth of our talents, growth of our attractiveness, growth of our company. We have to commit to time-bound targets focusing on a few business-critical challenges. What you measure, you improve!”