How Nestlé Supports the LGBTQI2S Community

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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Nestlé Canada:

At Nestlé Canada, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is our everyday reality. We respect and encourage uniqueness and potential regardless of race, gender, culture, sexual orientation or disability.

Here are some ways that Nestlé Canada supports the LGBTQIS2 community:

  • We are committed to building a stronger organization from the inside and launched our first employee-led DE&I committee in 2020  
  • We have developed a Nestlé Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group which encourages members of the community and allies alike, to come together to raise awareness, educate and have fun!
  • We’re committed to empowering employee engagement groups to encourage dialogue and create a safe space for conversations around LGBTQIS2
  • We have worked with Egale Canada and have held LGBTQIS2 learning workshops and sessions to help inform and educate our employees  

KitKat Chocolatory’s Partnership with Friends of Ruby

In February 2022, Kit Kat Chocolatory proudly announced a two-year partnership with Friends of Ruby, a Toronto-based LGBTQIS2 organization dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth through mental health services, social services and housing.

As part of the partnership, limited-edition bars featuring packaging designed by the Friends of Ruby team were available throughout February in honour of Chosen Family Day. The bars were available for purchase at Kit Kat Chocolatory in Yorkdale Mall in Toronto and 100% of proceeds were directly donated to Friends of Ruby. 

Future activities are in the works for Pride in June and LGBTQ History Month in October.

Learn more about Friends of Ruby at friendsofruby.ca.

Nestlé Global:

Globally, Nestlé Supports the LGBTQ+ community:  

  • We support the UN’s LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business.
  • We’re partnering with LGBT+ civil society groups to advocate for civil rights and workplace protections, such as l’Autre Cercle in France, Stonewall Diversity Champions in the UK, PARKS in Italy, and Pride Connection in Mexico, Colombia and Panama.
  • We’ve gained recognition from non-profit organizations such as Swiss LGBTI label, a certification that recognizes open and LGBTI-inclusive corporate culture.