During trying times, it’s important to know that you have the support of your loved ones, taking comfort in the fact that around them, you can be who you are and count on them for assistance. Reassurance gives you the strength and courage to get through anything.

The same applies to your second home, your workplace. Many continue to work from the actual home, which still takes up a lot of the hours in the day. A supportive and appreciative workplace (even virtually) is something people look for and look forward to—an environment that empowers its employees to be their best and to be driven to grow and grow old with the company.


“We value diversity and inclusion at our workplace,” says Shiela Pangilinan, HR Business Lead of snack maker Mondelez Philippines. “We are committed to sustaining a workplace where differences are valued and where everyone can be themselves. In fact, one of our company values is to do what’s right. This is a commitment to respect and value differences as success enablers.”


Pangilinan adds, “We believe passionately in a culture where everyone is treated with integrity and respect. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we have three clear goals we hold ourselves accountable for: empowering women to lead, offering an inclusive, bias-free workplace, and building an active, purposeful, diverse, and inclusive community. We tell our colleagues, ‘Make it uniquely yours at Mondelez Philippines. Be yourself, dare to be different and speak up!’”

The company has been providing consumers with delicious snack products since 1963. Its product portfolio includes Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise, and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates.
Mondelez Philippines employs about 450 people, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City. More than the philosophy or belief, making the work experience unique are the policies and work culture. Currently, employees who do not need to be physically present in the office continue to work from home. This isn’t something new though as this arrangement has been in effect since 2017. It aims to provide the opportunity for employees to efficiently manage their personal tasks as well, without compromising their work performance.
The company has also expanded its Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) benefits. Health coverage is not only for married couples, but also for domestic partners of all genders. Benefits include annual check-ups, and inpatient, outpatient, emergency, dental, and maternity care. Recently, the company has begun to cover the cost of consultations and treatment for mental health conditions as well as a wider range of illnesses. Lastly, the allowed time off has been expanded based on the roles one plays in his or her household, not one’s gender. Leaves for primary and secondary caregivers are given regardless of gender and regardless of the birth method. This means leaves are also given for instances of surrogacy or adoption. Single parents are also afforded an additional 15 days of paid leaves to ensure they can be present at home and attend to their responsibilities.
“I have always felt welcome at Mondelez Philippines and accepted for who I am and who I want to be,” says Karl Sandoval, an HR Manager and LGBTQIA advocate. “In fact, gender has never played a role in our workplace. You wouldn’t usually see someone like me, a member of the LGBTQIA community, leading and partnering with a male-dominated area such as a manufacturing unit.”
He adds, “But Mondelez Philippines’ manufacturing team has welcomed me very warmly. You are appreciated and recognized for what you can contribute and not how you identify yourself. Our policies also make our jobs and our home commitments much easier to manage. Because the company trusts us to do our best, we show our appreciation by being the best version of our true ourselves, and by making the experience of working at the company uniquely our own.”

Watch a video of Mondelez Philippines colleagues sharing how they show their true colors inside their workplace.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/06/29/show-your-true-colors-at-an-inclusive-and-empowering-workplace-like-mondelez-philippines/)