Coca-Cola's 5by20 programme:
Recognising women professionals and entrepreneurs
Three participants from the Coca-Cola's 5by20 programme were
felicitated at the Annual Professional and Career Women Awards Ceremony,
which was conducted for the sixth consecutive year by Women in
Management and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The awards
recognized women from all walks of life who have excelled as
professionals and entrepreneurs. The event was attended by Chandrani
Bandara, Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs amongst other
senior government officials and private sector representatives.
Sonu Grover (Extreme right) Managing Director, Coca-Cola Sri
Lanka Pvt Ltd at the award ceremony, celebrating the
success, contribution and achievements of remarkable Sri
Speaking at the event, Minister Bandara said, "We as a government are
striving to put into action the words set out in the preamble of 'The
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women'where it
establishes that "The full and complete development of a country, the
welfare of the world and the cause of peace require the aximum
participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields."
In Sri Lanka, Coca-Cola works closely with Women in Management and
the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs to conduct a
series of entrepreneurship training programmes across the country under
the 5by20 banner. The 5by20 initiative is an integral part of
Coca-Cola's global strategy to promote long-term sustainable growth by
economically empowering five million women entrepreneurs across the
company's value chain by 2020.
Celebrating the success, contribution and achievements of remarkable
Sri Lankan women, Sonu Grover, Managing Director, Coca-Cola Sri Lanka
Private Limited said, "As a woman, I feel an immense sense of pride to
be associated with this program today and be part of the celebration. I
applaud the women who have been recognized for their hard work,
dedication and achievements"
Coca-Cola's 5by20 program in Sri Lanka has inspired the lives of over
4,500 women across the country since it began in 2012. Through 5by20,
Coca-Cola seeks to address the most common barriers women face when
trying to succeed in the marketplace." She added.
Sulochana Segera, Chairperson, Women in Management (WIM) said: "I am
extremely proud of the participants of the 5by20 initiative who were
recognized at this year's awards ceremony. The 5by20 programme has given
these women and thousands of other women across the island, the support
and practical hands-on training they need to excel as entrepreneurs."
Coca-Cola's 5by20 program in Sri Lanka offers women, access to market
and business skills training courses, financial services, and
connections with peers or mentors, along with the confidence that comes
with building a successful business. 5by20 is conducted island-wide in
Trincomalee, Panama, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa,
Negombo, Kilinochchi and Colombo.
The Coca-Cola Company's global 5by20 initiative has reached more than
1.2 million women entrepreneurs across 60 countries since 2010. In 2015
alone, the initiative reached more than 372,000 women entrepreneurs, an
increase of 43 percent over the prior year.