P&G Wins the Catalyst Award for Promoting Women in Business Globally

P&G's Efforts to Promote Gender Equality across the Middle East Hailed as Example of Best Practice Diversity & Inclusion

Procter & Gamble has been announced as a 2015 recipient of the Catalyst Award, honoring exceptional and innovative initiatives that expand opportunities for women and business globally. The Company’s global diversity platform, Everyone Valued, Everyone Included, Everyone Performing at Their Peak, was recognized for supporting the development of diverse talent throughout P&G, including women at all levels, across all regions, through wide-ranging learning and career development programs. P&G was also recognized for the effort the company puts into retaining its female employees, including its extensive training and support programs.

P&G’s support for women in the Arabian Peninsula was also highlighted, particularly the company’s efforts to promote female employment in Saudi Arabia. P&G was the first consumer packaged goods company to attain a license to employ women in the Kingdom. Today, women represent 15% of P&G’s Saudi management, and they receive full benefits and career opportunities in the same work environment as their male counterparts.

P&G will be formally recognized at the 2015 Catalyst Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. CEO A.G. Lafley, Chief Diversity Officer William Gipson, and members of the Corporate Women’s Leadership Team will represent P&G, along with other colleagues.

“P&G people are the Company’s most important asset and source of competitive advantage,” said Kindah Sais, Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Saudi Arabia, Procter & Gamble. “Our success depends on the strength of our diverse talent, including in the Arabian Peninsula where we have brought in female staff to support our growth. P&G is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and this diversity and inclusion is what makes us the Company we are today. Everyone is valued, everyone is included, and everyone performs at their peak.”

With Procter & Gamble’s sustained commitment to diversity, diverse women and men are represented broadly across the spectrum. Importantly, at a global level women from all backgrounds now occupy 43% of P&G’s management positions and make up a higher percentage of the most senior levels than at any time in the company’s history. In addition, one half of the Board of Directors is represented by women.

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading non-profit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business globally. P&G is one of only four companies—and the only in the CPG industry—to win the award more than once since inception.