Catalyst Award Honors Global Initiatives at Alcoa Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever for Advancing Women and Business

  Catalyst Award Honors Global Initiatives at Alcoa Inc., The Coca-Cola
  Company, and Unilever for Advancing Women and Business

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- March 19, 2013

The 2013 Catalyst Award will be presented tonight to three global
companies—Alcoa Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever—for exceptional
initiatives which expand opportunities for women and business in ways that are
successful and locally relevant within their workplaces and communities.

The initiatives will be celebrated at the Catalyst Awards Dinner, which is
expected to draw close to 100 CEOs of major multinational corporations and
firms as well as nearly 1,600 guests, including leaders of corporations,
academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Denise Morrison, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company, will chair the Dinner,
which is sponsored by RBC and Shell Oil Company.

“These companies are challenging assumptions about how work should be done,
and they have come up with innovative solutions to create workforces brimming
with skilled and experienced women,” said Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO,
Catalyst. “Their leaders have the vision to recognize that advancing women in
the workplace goes hand in hand with advancing women in society. They have not
only accelerated opportunities for their employees, they’ve gone beyond the
walls of their corporations to produce change for women in their communities.”

Alcoa Inc.’s initiative, Building Opportunities for Women in a “Hard Hat”
Company, breaks down barriers in a male-dominated industry and achieves
greater gender representation through an aggressive diversity agenda that
develops women supervisors and leaders in Alcoa’s refineries, smelters, and
factories worldwide. “Talent is the only truly sustainable advantage,” said
Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “To get the best talent, you must have
diversity of thought, experience, skills and background. We are extremely
proud to be one of the first ‘hard hat’ companies to earn the prestigious
Catalyst Award, and we plan to build on this achievement and extend diverse
talent deeper into our organization in the future.”

The Coca-Cola Company’s Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers
of the 21^st Century is a strategic, internal and external initiative focused
on fueling the advancement of women as dynamic leaders and entrepreneurs
across the organization and in communities throughout the globe. “We are truly
honored to receive this prestigious award which validates that we are on the
right track toward empowering women inside our company and across our value
chain,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “We are
proud to be recognized for our accomplishments, but we realize there is still
a great deal of work to do to reach our goal of achieving true diversity.”

Unilever builds on its strong foundation of cultural diversity and
multinational expertise with its Global Reach With Local Roots: Creating a
Gender-Balanced Workforce in Different Cultural Contexts initiative, which
accelerates the advancement of high-potential women across different regions
by promoting a culture of inclusion and creating flexible “anytime, anywhere”
work-life programs. Unilever CEO Paul Polman said, “We are delighted to be
recognized by Catalyst for our long-standing commitment to gender balance.
From our successful mentoring program to our rollout of flexible working, I am
very encouraged by the progress we are making to help both men and women at
Unilever reach their full potential. To achieve our company’s ambition of
doubling the size of our business while reducing our environmental impact and
increasing our positive social impact, it is crucial that we build a diverse
and engaged workforce where everybody can develop to his or her full
potential. The benefits of having a gender-balanced organization are plain to
see; it helps power creativity and innovation, deepens the talent pool and
allows us to better serve our diverse consumer base.”

With the theme “Ready for Change,” the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference earlier
in the day invited the 600-plus participants, including leaders from the
Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, to shape the dialogue related to women’s
leadership, focusing on how the corporate community can more effectively
capitalize on the talents of its women employees. Ursula Burns, Chairman and
CEO of Xerox Corporation, provided insights into her career in a luncheon
keynote conversation with Ms. Lang. The lead sponsor of the Conference is
Walmart and the supporting sponsor is AT&T.

For complete descriptions of past and present Catalyst Award-winning
initiatives and the Catalyst Awards Conference, please visit www.catalyst.org.

Videos:

  *Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst YouTube
  *Laura Sabattini, Senior Director, Catalyst, and Chair, Catalyst Award
    Evaluation Committee YouTube
  *Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman & CEO, Alcoa PC | Mac
  *Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company PC | Mac
  *Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever PC | Mac

ABOUT CATALYST

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization
expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United
States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 600 members, Catalyst is the
trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work.
Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote
women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.

ABOUT THE CATALYST AWARD

The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with
proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and
advancement of all women, including diverse women. Since 1987, Catalyst has
recognized 82 initiatives at 76 organizations from around the world. These
groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs have changed workplaces,
communities, and lives.

Contact:

MEDIA
Global/United States:
Catalyst
Susan Nierenberg, +1-646-388-7744
Vice President, Global Marketing & Corporate Communications
snierenberg@catalyst.org
or
Ellen Parlapiano, +1-646-388-7778
Communications Manager
eparlapiano@catalyst.org
or
Canada:
Negin Neghabat-Wolthoff, +1-416-645-5867
Communications Manager
nwolthoff@catalyst.org
or
Europe:
Frankly PR
Frances Knox, + 44 7850 470123
frances@frankly-pr.co.uk
or
India:
Gutenberg Communications
Shilpa Mathapati, +91 22 30579113
shilpa@gutenbergpr.com
 
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