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Unilever enables 100% of its employees to discover their purpose


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Unilever Sri Lanka HR team

Unilever Sri Lanka, one of the country’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, has announced that through its ‘Discover your Purpose’ workshops, every single one of its ~1,000 employees including blue collar workers in its factories, have been able to discover their unique purpose which forms the foundation of success for its people, brands and the company.

Purpose has the power to positively impact people both personally and professionally. Recent studies show that employees who live their purpose at work are four times more likely to report higher engagement levels than those who don’t (Mckinsey & Company). Unilever Sri Lanka commenced its purpose workshops in 2017 which are deep rooted in the company’s Global Compass Strategy - ‘Companies with purpose last’, ‘Brands with purpose grow’ and ‘People with purpose thrive’. They also stem from the company’s commitment towards investing in talent and promoting purposeful wellbeing at the workplace.

‘Discover your purpose’ workshop
‘Discover your purpose’ workshop

Speaking about this achievement, Ananya Sabharwal, Director - Human Resources at Unilever Sri Lanka said, “One of my best days at Unilever has been when I attended the ‘Discover Your Purpose’ workshop. At Unilever, our aim is to have each talent’s career, development plan and leadership style powered by their individual purpose. A sense of purpose not only makes getting through the pandemic a smoother journey, but countless studies also show its link to better wellbeing. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our 50+ employee facilitators across functions, and to the Unilever Sri Lanka Learning Team for their tireless efforts in achieving this amazing milestone. I truly believe that discovering our unique super-power is the starting point of each of our self-development and growth journeys.”

Adding her comments, Hajar Alafifi, Chairperson and Managing Director of Unilever Sri Lanka said, “There are two moments in life that define a human; the moment they were born and the moment they find out why they were born. It gives me immense gratitude to be able to contribute to our people’s journey in life by helping them understand what drives them and why, which will prepare our talent to become stronger, purpose-led, future-fit leaders of tomorrow.”

*Photo caption: Unilever Sri Lanka HR team

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