Del Monte Kenya to Support UN Women Health and Empowerment Program
Fresh Del Monte Kenya has partnered with the UN women health and empowerment program, in which it aims to reach at least 10,000 women by 2024 among them employees and the community. The local Fresh Del Monte subsidiary plans to provide reproductive health information and services, as well as addressing other critical health needs.
The firm plans to achieve this through expansion of their on-site health services in the existing company’s health clinics and provide reproductive health services and family planning. Training and dissemination of necessary information will be carried out via newsletters, pamphlets, and fliers on reproductive health.
“Companies employing millions of women in their global supply chains have an enormous opportunity to invest in the health and empowerment of their workforce, helping meet women right where they are – in the workplace – with critical information and services, while building a healthier, more productive workforce,” said Robyn Russell, Director of Programs and Innovation at the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project.
Russell announced Del Monte Kenya’s commitment during a virtual event for the plenary session of the UN General Assembly titled, “Making the Invisible Visible: Driving Corporate Action on Gender Equality & Women’s Health for the Decade of Action.”
Mrs Vicky Mutungwa , Quality Control Manager, Del Monte Kenya Limited emphasized the role played by the firm’s people in providing safe, wholesome and fresh products, hence the company’s strong policy of optimal health and safety for employees in all its operations.
“With women making up 45% of our 6,500 employees, we strive to offer them fair wages, a safe workplace, access to quality reproductive health care, education on family planning and opportunities for growth,” she said. “This we do with a strong conviction that we cannot achieve “A Better World Tomorrow’’ without the support, dedication, and talent of each of our team members, including our women,” added Mrs Mutungwa.
Del Monte Kenya will also include in this commitment new health services and training to prevent sexual harassment and Gender-Based Violence in and out of the workplace.
In its efforts to support and empower women at the workplace and the surrounding community, Del Monte Kenya is engaging male employees on gender equality as a part of sustaining the impact on women health and economic well-being.