Mondelēz International Strengthens LGBTQIA+ Allyship

Mondelez celebrates Pride Month by championing LGBTQIA+ inclusion through events, discussions, and creating a welcoming internal environment for the LGBTQIA+ community.

By Iconic MNL
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Guided by its purpose, snacks Company Mondelēz International in the Philippines strives to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for its colleagues, culture, and communities. In celebration of Pride Month this June 2024, the Company reaffirms its commitment to its value of doing what’s right by leading various celebrations to support the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly on workplace inclusion. 

Engaging in Dialogue

In collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AMCHAM), Mondelēz International participated in a panel discussion on Pride Month. The event addressed the different challenges and opportunities in promoting workplace allyship. 

Shine Rodriguez, Talent Acquisition Lead for Southeast Asia at Mondelēz International, represented the company and was joined by a diverse group of advocates. They shared experiences and insights on fostering a culture of belonging, highlighting the importance of sustaining allyship for LGBTQIA+ colleges during and beyond Pride Month. 

“As we celebrate Pride Month, it is crucial to recognize that true allyship is about taking consistent and meaningful actions that foster an inclusive and supportive environment for our LGBTQIA+ colleagues,” said Rodriguez. “At Mondelēz International, we strive to create a workplace where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves daily.”  

Promotion of Allyship

Continuing its advocacy, Mondelēz International is also sponsoring the European Chamber of the Philippines (ECCP) event on June 27, 2024, on “Empowering Inclusion Through Gender Diversity and Allyship.” The event will cover inclusive business practices, the complexities of sexual orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC), and practical steps towards effective allyship—further strengthening Mondelēz International’s alliance with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Celebrating Pride Internally

Apart from external events, the Company also celebrated Pride Month with its employees by launching its 2024 Pride Video, which talks about allyship. The video featured heartfelt messages of allyship from various colleagues as they promoted DEI. In addition, the Company is committed to expressing its support for the LGBTQIA+ community through other policies for its workplace, such as its introduction of a gender-neutral restroom, a workplace policy that outlines the right to a preferred name, the right to dress to reflect identity and the right to safe spaces; a no harassment policy; and partnering with LGBTQIA+ and women-led suppliers to promote inclusive business growth.  

“Our commitment to fostering a bias-free workplace is unwavering,” said Rodriguez. “We believe that a culture of acceptance and belonging enhances our workplace and drives innovation and success. We are building a future where everyone feels valued and empowered.”

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