LGBT campaigner from Nestle York celebrated by employer

EMMA Scott is just one of many inspirational employees having their achievements celebrated  by Nestlé UK and Ireland on International Women’s Day.

After starting her career with the chocolate manufacturer during her placement year at Derby University Emma, who is an active campaigner on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues was accepted onto the company’s Stonewall Young Leaders Programme, which identifies leaders of the future.

Emma, an IT support worker from Nestlé York, said:  “I am more passionate than ever about trying to invoke discussion of what it means to be LGBT in the workplace at Nestlé.

“Bringing my whole self to work and speaking on these issues as a woman, is key to being my authentic self and maximising my potential in the workplace.

“Thirty-five per cent of LGBT employees feel they are unable to come out at work. This figure is 10 per cent higher for with LGBT women. Sixty per cent of openly gay LGBT graduates go back into the closet in their first role.”

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is to accelerate gender parity, Nestlé UK and Ireland will be hosting a series of events to discuss the company’s inclusion and diversity strategy.

Its events include focus groups to be held in both its Gatwick and York offices where both female and male staff can share their views on creating best practice gender solutions within the work place.

There will also be virtual panel where employees can ask senior leaders questions about gender and inclusion in the work place as well as a celebration of inspirational women from across all parts of the business.

Emma added: “As a young, openly gay woman, I am actively trying to make a difference by working with the company to understand how we can raise the profile of LGBT in the UK.”

“I hope that by speaking about these issues, we can change attitudes and aim towards an even more inclusive culture in Nestlé UK and Ireland.”