An invitation to the party –
and dance as well
Givaudan aims to create an even more balanced and inclusive organisation before 2030. For at least one employee, the journey started some years ago.
What is the difference, if any, between diversity and better balance in a workforce? For Lucia Lisboa, the answer is clear: diversity is simply ‘inclusion’, while better balance is 'inclusion with real participation'.
“Diversity is when you just invite someone to a party, but better balance is about asking them to dance too. This is exactly what is happening with Givaudan.”
Givaudan aims to create an even more balanced and inclusive organisation before 2030. For at least one employee, the journey started some years ago. An invitation to the party – and dance as well Since joining the Company nearly 20 years ago, Lucia has spearheaded a number of achievements in issues concerning women in the workplace and has witnessed a ‘real evolution’.
“We have a culture that is open and Givaudan has always given me the opportunity to grow when I was ready for it,” she says. “I feel like I am actively contributing and bringing different perspectives to the group.
We know that companies with this approach are much more efficient and have better results.” In 2019, a further step forward was taken when Givaudan Brazil signed up to the seven UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, after encouragement by the company’s Network Of Women (NOW), of which Lucia is a co-sponsor. “The importance of signing the principles for Givaudan is crucial. It reinforces our commitment to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and men in our company, contributing to create a better environment for business development,” she says. In what will undoubtedly be a continuing journey, Lucia says that women should not be afraid to create opportunities for development as she has been able to do at Givaudan.