How Coca-Cola Amatil leveraged its ‘People Solutions’*

With its 14,000 employees spread across vast areas encompassing Australia, Indonesia and the South Pacific, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) wanted to make sure its people and culture strategy was as airtight as its beverage containers.

Traditionally, the business was siloed by geography and beverage type. Their human resources (HR) teams were isolated and based in multiple locations, which limited their ability to work together effectively.

They launched ‘Advance with People and Culture’, a program which focuses on a consistent model of excellence, and a best-practice HR standard that draws on internal and external ideas. It dovetails neatly with the Australian HR Institute’s (AHRI) certification program.
Group director, Kate Mason, said, “The model means we can deliver quickly.

“We agree on a strategy, we take it to our leadership, and we activate internal resources from anywhere to get on and do it.”
CCA has since enrolled their entire executive level HR practitioners through AHRI’s Practising Certification Program, with mid-to-senior level practitioners beginning their journey this year.

The program isn’t just for the private sector.

Chairman of the CSIRO, David Thodey, said, “People are what matters, and if you get that right and you have great HR professionals who are certified, then you’re going to get a better business outcome. Simple as that.”

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