Increasing leadership roles for women helps fuel Cargill’s future

Demetha Sanders, 2nd from right, says Cargill is committed to increasing the number of women in leadership roles to 50 percent.

In agriculture, women are under represented in leadership roles. How do we change that?

For Cargill, one of the world’s largest agribusinesses, change comes in the form of a commitment to achieve gender parity in management by 2030. The goal is to have women occupy 50 per cent of leadership roles in the organization at that time, almost doubling the current 27 per cent of women in these roles.

Demetha Sanders, Cargill’s global talent management and acquisition leader, discussed the company’s pledge at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference earlier this month at Niagara Falls, Ontario. In this interview, she tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin that the company doesn’t believe it’s creating quotas for women, it’s simply being accountable to the diversity of society and the talent available to the organization.

Sanders says diversity extends well beyond gender; it also includes diversity of business ideas and management strategies. She believes agriculture needs to refocus the traditional talent lenses to recognize the contributions women bring to an organization. Sanders also discusses her company’s efforts to focus on “inclusion” to ensure both men and women feel compelled to be active leaders and contribute to the company’s growth and success.

Demetha Sanders and Bernard Tobin discuss Cargill’s commitment to increase leadership roles for women.

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