Nestlé UK makes commitment to its LGBTQ+ colleagues

Nestlé UK makes commitment to its LGBTQ+ colleagues

Nestlé UK and Ireland, part of world’s largest food and beverage company, has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme as a sign of its commitment to improving inclusion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Plus people (the ‘plus’ represents additional sexual orientation & gender identities).

The scheme provides Nestlé, which employs around 8,000 people at factories and offices across the UK and Ireland, with access to the latest expert support & resources from the world’s formative LGBT+ charity.

Research by Stonewall shows that the legislative and social landscape is continually changing for LGBTQ+ people, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Despite recent progress in the UK, many LGBTQ+ people still face discrimination on a daily basis. This poses serious legal, ethical and practical challenges to employers like Nestlé UK & Ireland who want to build upon and uphold their inclusive values. In signing up as the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions, Nestlé joins a network of businesses and organisations committed to improving inclusion for LGBT+ people within the workplace.

“This is an important programme that, alongside our own initiatives to attract and retain the best talent, will help us ensure all of our LGBTQ+ colleagues feel accepted without exception in all our workplaces.”

Nestlé will also take part in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, the UK’s definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

Stefano Agostini, CEO for Nestlé UK & Ireland said : “I’m proud that Nestlé has signed up as Stonewall Global Diversity Champions. This is an important programme that, alongside our own initiatives to attract and retain the best talent, will help us ensure all of our LGBTQ+ colleagues feel accepted without exception in all our workplaces.”

In addition to the Stonewall commitments, Nestlé’s LGBTQ+ Network of employees will be marching alongside their allies at LGBT+ Pride festivals located near key operations this summer, at York Pride on 9th June and Brighton Pride on 4th August.

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“Respect for diversity means respect for other ways of thinking, other cultures, and all facets of society. It requires openness and inclusiveness in all our interactions both inside and outside our company.”

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Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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