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Equity is the only way ahead


At HUL, we believe equality is not equal, #EquityIs. We recognise the pivotal role of diversity in driving innovation, fostering creativity, and enhancing overall business performance. With this in mind, we have been on a continuous journey to create a workplace where our people are valued, respected, and empowered.

A group of women employees working on their laptops
  • A diverse workforce

    Through targeted recruitment efforts and proactive talent development programs, we have steadily increased the representation of women across all levels in our organisation. A journey that started in 2010 saw our growth from 18% women representation to 46% in 2023 in the managerial cadre. Seven out of 12 of our functions, including R&D and Finance, proudly hold gender-balanced positions despite the prevailing underrepresentation of women in these fields.

  • Enabling women's participation in our value chain

    A group of women working at HUL's factory. They are wearing white coats and their hair is covered with a cap.
    A HUL Shakti amma at her shop in rural India selling products

    Our initiatives extend across our value chain, empowering women to take up traditionally male-dominated roles.

    Project Ahilya and Project Samavesh are initiatives to provide equal opportunities for women in frontline sales and shopfloor roles, respectively. Through these projects, we have created a supportive ecosystem for women to excel in their careers. So far, we have over 1200 Ahilyas thriving in frontline sales roles and 900 women excelling on the shop floor in our factories.

    Furthermore, Project Shakti has empowered ~2 lac women entrepreneurs in rural India, enabling them to start and grow their businesses. Economic empowerment is a cornerstone of gender equality, and Project Ahilya, Samavesh and Shakti embody our commitment to creating a more inclusive society.

  • Women Safety and Accelerator Fund (WSAF)

    A group of tea workers participating in the domestic violence programme by Women Safety and Accelerator Fund

    India, the second-largest tea producer globally, relies on a dedicated workforce of 1.2 million, with 58% being hardworking women. These women toil tirelessly, plucking tea leaves — a labour-intensive task that fuels our daily cup of chai. Yet, within the tea sector, gender-based violence persists. A UN Women study revealed that women face physical, sexual, and verbal abuse both on and off the plantations in Assam. This reality demands urgent action.

    In 2020, the Women's Safety Accelerator Fund (WSAF) emerged as a beacon of hope. Implemented across tea-producing regions in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, WSAF aims to create safe and empowered workspaces for women. Supported initially by Unilever and IDH, it has since gained strategic partners like TESCO, Ethical Tea Partnership, Taylors, and Twinings. This initiative isn't just about tea; it's a blueprint for change. By collaborating with government bodies, civil societies, and the private sector, WSAF aims to create lasting solutions. Together, we are driving sustainable, long-term shifts — making women's safety an integral part of India's tea supply chain.

  • Standing up for domestic violence

    As a visible advocate and ally, through Unmute, our campaign to end the silence on domestic violence, we have reached over 2 lac women in our ecosystem including tea plantation workers and HUL Shakti Ammas.

We have come a long way in our inclusion journey and fostered a culture where equity is practiced by addressing systemic barriers and empowering talent from diverse backgrounds. As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our resolve to challenge stereotypes, and create a workplace where everyone has the necessary support system and an equal opportunity to succeed.

Join us as we celebrate the women of HUL who are an inspiration to our business and society.

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