Arun Sudhaman 05 Oct 2022 // 3:09AM GMT
Shweta Shukla will be honoured with the Individual Achievement SABRE Award on 13 October 2022, at the Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards in Singapore.
Shukla is currently head of global partnerships and corporate affairs at Unilever, where she has spent almost five years across two stints since 2017. Her 22-year career includes senior corporate affairs roles at the world's biggest FMCG companies, working across corporate/brand communications, government affairs, sustainability, issues/crisis management, executive and employee communications in regional and global roles.
Shukla spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble, starting in Mumbai before rising to the role of associate director of regional beauty care communications in Singapore. She then spent two years as Kimberly-Clark's communications, CSR and government affairs director prior to joining Unilever in 2017. At Unilever, her career has encompassed South East Asia, health and wellbeing and Unilever International corporate affairs leadership, either side of a two-year stint as Kellogg's senior director corporate affairs and sustainability.
Throughout her career, Shukla has brought corporate and brand purpose to life as critical business drivers. Key initiatives have included leading Unilever’s partnerships with governments, NGOs and KOLs to deliver on the company's sustainable growth commitments across Asia; developing P&G’s multi-brand cause program Shiksha to educate underprivileged children in India; influencer endorsements and consumer movements to build P&G’s brands; shaping Kimberly-Clark’s sanitation campaign 'Toilets Change Lives' and strengthening Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days programs across Asia Pacific Middle East Africa.
In addition, Shukla's advocacy with the Indian government to make hygiene products accessible for women and children led to a partnership with the Ministry of Health to improve menstrual hygiene for rural girls and a more favourable tax policy on hygiene essentials – creating a lasting impact on society and industry.
"Shweta Shukla is really a queen in the public affairs and communications empire," said FIPRA chairman Erik Jonnaert, who headed the external relations function during Shukla's tenure at Procter & Gamble in Asia. "Throughout her career at P&G, she demonstrated not only real professionalism when it comes to using communications or public affairs to support and build the business, she was always on top of new ideas, launching creative programs to build P&G brands and enhance P&G 's corporate reputation.
"In all that Shweta did, she showed passion, energy and commitment to make a difference and was always a caring personality, which has been illustrated by her care for people throughout the programs she has been leading; she found the sweet spot to initiate programs which did not only build the business but were also contributing to a better world."
Shukla is a member of the Singapore Alliance for Actioning Corporate Purpose (AFACP), and has been advisory board member of World Toilet Organization, guest faculty at Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and UNGC Singapore. She has held several industry positions including co-chair of the public affairs committee at Food Industry Asia, supervisory board member for the EU ASEAN Business Council and Member of AmCham's women’s committee.