The Tigo CEO in a rejoinder she signed and copied to News Ghana about a story circulating in the media about the new policy, said at this time when the world is calling for gender parity to bridge the gender gap, there is no reason for such a policy.
She indicated that as a company that has deep respect for transparency, diversity and equal opportunities, Tigo will not tolerate any breaches in respect to our Suppliers Code of Conduct and higher standards.
“After our discussions with Reliance we have taken immediate action and the only affected employee has been contacted. Going forward Reliance will do the following: Pay all female staff on maternity leave their full salary, Ensure that all employees return to their jobs after the 3 months maternity leave and Allow for shorter working days for nursing mothers at their return to work.”
This she stated, was in full compliance with Ghana’s Labour Law and Tigo Ghana’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion as well as our international parent company, Millicom’s commitments which also includes respect for Human Rights.
‘Diversity, specifically promoting gender diversity is one of the cornerstones of our business strategy and in Ghana we have increased the number of women in senior management positions from 5% in 2013 to 30% in 2015. At Tigo our aim is to recruit, retain and develop the best talent at every level in the organisation and we want to send a message to all women, whether mothers or not, that we are totally committed to being inclusive.”
She also indicated that, as a business, they have both short and long term needs and like most others, very much depend on vendors and suppliers to help us to deliver on our objectives, adding that “Out-sourcing some of our business services is commonplace and allows us to stay focused on our core business. Using local businesses such as Reliance Personnel Services for staff on contract is therefore not out of the norm.”
‘Today I have asked my team to conduct an in-depth audit of some of our key vendors and suppliers, including Reliance, to ensure strict adherence and compliance to all our Service Level Agreements and Code of Conduct, without exception. This is in addition to our standard supplier monitoring processes.” she said.