Not exactly, but Coca-Cola is increasingly realizing the benefits of helping women entrepreneurs in developing countries acquire the skill sets and training they need to break down the social, cultural and economic barriers they still face to become first pillars of their communities — and then business partners with one of the world’s corporate giants.
“We think women are absolutely crucial, they are already pillars of the local communities … and of our own business. If we can encourage [them] to thrive, then the communities will thrive … and business will thrive,” Charlotte Oades, Coca-Cola’s director for women’s empowerment, told Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger at the the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum in New York.
She Builds is a month-long conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, Creative Associates, JBS International, the Millennium Challenge Corp., United Nations Office for Project Services and U.K. Department for International Development.
As a Devex Impact associate editor, Adva leads coverage of the intersection of business and international development. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, she enjoys exploring the role the private sector and private capital play in development. Previously, she has worked as a reporter at newspapers in both the U.S. and South Africa. Most recently, she has been ghostwriting a memoir for a former child slave and NGO founder in Ghana.
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