UCB has announced it will provide financial support to the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) and Women in Convenience for an initial period of two years.
The support will be used to help Women in Convenience deepen its role within Australian convenience through networking, information sharing events, and guest speakers.
Darren Park, CEO of UCB, said that supporting Women in Convenience continues UCB’s focus on industry first support and brings focus to UCB’s business wide ESG initiatives.
“UCB has been invested in Women in Convenience from its formation. There is still a ‘broken rung’ at the first step for many women in our Industry and UCB’s support of AACS and Women in Convenience, seeks to further step up our support for well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
There are upcoming events scheduled for Sydney on the 4th of August and Melbourne on the 16th of August, which will be hosted and moderated by Corinne Barclay, CMA Director in association with industry leaders Skye Jackson, General Manager Merchandise Ampol Australia, and Felicity Needham, General Manager Convenience Coca Cola EuroPacific Partners.
Theo Foukkare, CEO of AACS, said promoting gender diversity across the convenience retail industry is one of the associations key pillars, and they are thrilled with UCB Stores commitment to supporting this series of events.
“We are blessed with an incredible talent pool of leaders in our industry, from on the shop floor, in supply chain, in manufacturing, in management, and in executive leadership roles.”