“Respect is at the heart of our culture here at Nestlé. There are so many different people who buy, eat and drink our products and it’s important to us that we understand and represent everybody. Equally important is that all of our people feel seen, heard and are valued for who they are and what they bring. By welcoming difference we become more creative, more diverse, we make more connections, we are free to give our best and we help our people and our business to grow together.”
Ali Beresford – UK&I Inclusion & Diversity Manager
Here’s some of the work we’re doing to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace
Gender Balance and Supporting Working Parents
Here in the UK and Ireland, we’re serious about achieving gender balance. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
We’ve implemented a gender-neutral parental leave policy, with paid leave of up to 18 weeks for primary caregivers or up to 4 weeks for secondary caregivers.
We’ve started our “Parent Pals” peer-to-peer mentoring network across all of our office sites. Plus, we’re proud to work as a trusted partner with “My Family Care”. This offers additional parental support to our new parents as well as further guidance for their line managers. We’re expanding our parent network so check back for more news in the near future.
We’ve trained all our leaders in how to combat unconscious bias and have reviewed our talent management approach to support our decision making. We’ve also encouraged greater female representation on key development programmes.
We’ve openly advertised the majority of our roles and have been proactive in identifying new places to advertise our job opportunities so people of all backgrounds know what’s available and feel encouraged to apply for them.
We’ve raised awareness of important life events our people face across the business through learning sessions, resources and informal networks. Most recently we have focused on the effects of the menopause.
We’ve become an enthusiastic participant in International Women’s Day, sharing inspiring stories from some of our talented leaders and are committed to addressing any gender pay gaps. Click to read our latest report.
We’re passionate about providing flexible working to encourage greater diversity when attracting new people to come and work with us. We’re also constantly reviewing our job adverts for gender bias to ensure greater diversity.
We’ve continued to share our salary scales and work with our Trade Unions to determine the wage rates through Collective Bargaining for our Process & Craft groups, which are applied equally to men and women. Transparency is important to us.
We signed the working forward pledge with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which helps make workplaces more inclusive for everyone.
We’re members of the LEAD network whose mission is to attract, retain and advance women in Retail and Consumer Goods careers across Europe.
We’ve joined Catalyst, a global non-profit organisation working with some of the world’s most powerful companies and CEOs to help build workplaces for women.
We’re proud members of the 30% club, a body of CEOs from leading companies working together to improve gender balance at senior levels and throughout their organisations.
Take a look at some of our Inspirational Women
We’re delighted that our LGBT+ network has been shortlisted as a Top 10 Network Group in the 2020 British LGBT Awards.
This annual celebration shines a spotlight on the role models and organisations working tirelessly to better meet the needs of LGBT+ people across the nation. Last year we marched with pride in York, Dublin and Brighton and helped people understand how to be a great ally. You can find out more about our work below.
Working in partnership:
We want to be a force for good not just within, but beyond Nestlé too, and working together with others allows that. So, as well as working with all the brilliant partners we’ve already mentioned, we’re delighted to also work with:
We’re officially a Stonewall Diversity Champion – which means we actively celebrate and support the LGBT+ community. What’s more, Nestlé Cereal Partners recently joined forces with Paralympics GB to launch a new campaign, encouraging families to get more active in the run-up to the Paralympics in Tokyo.
Our commercial teams:
There’s no one closer to the people who buy, eat and drink our products than the teams in Marketing and Sales. Every day, they work hard to make sure our brands truly represent our values, purpose and society. So, we were absolutely delighted to have Ethan Salmon’s ‘Our Hands’ design feature on our Azera coffee. Here’s his winning entry in our design competition:
”We use our hands to communicate – to create, to write, to touch and to feel. Connected through a ribbon you can follow the hands as you become curious as to what they represent: they spell out ‘UPLIFTING’ in sign language, and I hope that’s how this design makes you feel.”
We are committed to enhancing quality of life and building a healthier future which, we believe, all starts with our people. By helping us all to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, it allows us to actively improve our overall sense of wellbeing. At Nestlé we focus on five key areas:
With a spotlight on mental wellbeing, we have worked hard in recent years to train over 200 people in the UK&I to become qualified Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA). We expect to continue this and increase these numbers further in the future. These roles are pivotal, our people volunteer to be trained and are here to support anyone who is experiencing emotional distress, mental health issues or who just want to talk, whether it be personal or work related. Our MHFA are specially trained to ensure the right network of support is put in place depending on individual needs.
As part of our journey we have also chosen Mind, an industry leader in this space, as our charity of choice to ensure we are continually offering our people the best support and tools to promote mental wellbeing across our entire workforce.
“As a health and wellness company, we don’t just think of the health of our consumers, but we are continually working hard to support the wellbeing of our thousands of Nestlé UK & Ireland colleagues. Through our holistic employee wellness strategy, we aim to support our employees to lead healthier lifestyles, at work and throughout their everyday lives.”
June Clark – UK&I Health & Wellness Manager
When it comes to healthy lives, we’ll always support you and we’ll always listen. Our aim is to help you live life to the fullest.
At Nestlé, everyone’s valued, everyone’s included, everyone’s respected and everyone’s supported to be the best they can be. It takes all of us to create an inclusive culture, so we each have important work to do. Together, we’re a force for good.