25 June 2019

Nurturing diversity is about both words and actions

Written by Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
Published in under Diversity

Our people celebrating Pride 2019

Human rights, without exception, belong to all of us, equally. This is what we believe at Neste. We work every day in all our offices around the world with this notion in mind. At Neste people are equal regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity or national origin, sexual orientation, beliefs, or any other personal matter. The diversity of our employees is a firm part of our rich culture and a great asset.

Diversity makes us not only an international player, but also a forerunner in our field. The growth of the business can be credited to motivated and passionate professionals from different fields. We are beyond proud of the kind of thinking, expertise, views, and opinions each employee brings to the table on our common journey.

As we continue to grow faster and bolder, the diversity of our employees is also increasing. It is a resource that enables innovative and bold doing in the future as well. Diversity must be nurtured, both at work and in our private lives.

We want to ensure that each and every one of our employees feels safe and is able to achieve the best possible performance in a good and respectful atmosphere.

Accepting each other as we are, both within and outside the work community is a vital part of well-being at work.

From diversity to inclusion and acceptance

However, nurturing diversity does not alone build the foundation for an excellent work culture. Accepting diversity is about speaking out, but also walking the talk and caring. Inclusion allows us to ensure that cheering for diversity is more than just a nice thought.

No one should be treated unequally or excluded because of any person-related matter. It is a good idea to stop to think about your own thought patterns and actions from time to time in order to ensure that you are fully accepting diversity and including others at and outside of work. 

Inclusion must be as important a part of our everyday life as speaking about diversity. Anyone can say that they appreciate the differences in a colleague, but it requires much more to show their appreciation through actions.

The way one presents themselves and does things, both at work and off work is something to be proud of. If at the same time we remember to recognize and encourage our colleagues, we end up building a work community and thus a society that best appreciates and utilizes each and every one's unique strengths.

Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Procurement and Safety, Neste