“I transferred my disability into strength”

11 July 2017

“I transferred my disability into strength” 1Syeda Uzma Shah works as an HR Executive at Engro Foods, a dairy company in Pakistan in which FrieslandCampina acquired a majority interest at the end of last year. Despite her physical disability, Uzma found a challenging job that gives her a lot of satisfaction.

“The Talent Acquisition department is the face of the organisation for external candidates. Our team consists of four employees and our main responsibility is to build up a visible brand that attracts top talent. We are also involved in what comes next: the onboarding programme. With this we make sure that new employees are well equipped to start their new job.”

“My work gives me a lot of satisfaction, because a good match between a vacancy and an applicant adds to the success of our organisation. A project that I look back on with pride is the automation of our operations as it helps to fill vacancies faster and it improves the overall candidate experience. As the application process has been set up in clear steps, this will be a pleasant experience for the applicant. Of course, this has a positive effect on the image of Engro Foods again.”

“I have worked at Engro Foods for 18 months and I am really happy for being offered this opportunity. This is not very self-evident in Pakistan because of my physical impairment; I became paralysed from my waist down after a traffic accident in 2003. The office of Engro Foods had already been made wheelchair accessible before I came. Unfortunately, this does not hold for most of the (public) buildings in Karachi. Also Public transport is still not accessible for people in a wheelchair. Years ago, I decided to turn my disability into a chance and I set up my own NGO “Enable Pakistan”, through which I fight for equal rights for disabled people.”

“We at Engro Foods are really happy with the acquisition by FrieslandCampina. It offers us the opportunity to share knowledge and provides us insight into best practices throughout the world.”