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In Leena’s tenure, Unilever’s female representation at managerial levels and above, has moved from 38% to 49% in the last 8 years. Their ambitious programme includes metrics-led governance and a robust repeatable model to drive the recruitment, development and retention of women at Unilever. Their holistic efforts have been recognised by multiple bodies including by BITC and they consistently feature on the Times Top 50 Employers for women in the UK. Some of the key initiatives that have made this possible focus on investing in the development of their people, maternity and paternity support, agile working policies, putting a focus on women in STEM, and minimising bias through integrating behavioural science. Externally, Leena’s personal mission is to inspire 5 Million women with the message of what is possible when they apply themselves to their dreams. She speaks at every possible opportunity to groups of young women and business leaders on the importance of inclusion. She has driven the participation of Unilever in the HeforShe UN campaign and they are one of the 10 Impact ambassadors for the programme. Leena also serves on the World Economic Forum Steering Committee on the Future of Education, Gender and Work.

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