Diversity, equity and inclusion

Personnel at Neste Singapore refinery

At Neste, we aim to create a values-led culture where everyone feels safe, respected and encouraged to be their unique true selves. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our vision leading the way towards a sustainable future because a truly sustainable future involves meaningful participation by everyone. 

We are committed to developing an inclusive culture that fully leverages the benefits of diversity, one in which all Neste employees are given equal opportunities to pursue and thrive in their careers. We understand the need to intentionally advance these topics across our businesses and operations, and know we still have a long way to go. 

Beyond simply being the right thing to do, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is essential for our business. We need different perspectives, backgrounds and insights in order to perform, innovate and execute our strategy while building new business opportunities globally. It also plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of our people and attracting and retaining the right talent.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) form a key part of Neste's values-led culture, human rights work and sustainability vision. They are embedded in our values – We care, We have courage & We cooperate – as well as in our policies and principles such as our Code of Conduct, People Policy and Human Rights Principle. At Neste, everyone should feel safe and respected, and we do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. We have internal grievance channels in place and take any suspected breaches seriously. 

In line with our purpose to create a healthier planet for our children, we look beyond our own workplace and culture. Our holistic approach is illustrated by our human rights ambition for 2030: to create a more equitable and inclusive value chain in which everyone works with dignity.

DEI focus areas in 2024

  • Building awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion across Neste

  • Developing an inclusive and diverse workplace by strengthening our culture and ways of working

  • Developing inclusive leadership and reinforcing DEI in our people practices

External commitments

  • We have signed the FIBS Diversity Charter (EU Diversity Charter), reaffirmed in 2021.

  • We are a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

  • We have signed Unilever's Supplier Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Promise and Living Wage Promise as part of our collaborative efforts to drive systemic change and scale up action to tackle inequality along the supply chain. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment

Neste values diversity and provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. We treat all candidates with equal respect, and provide every candidate equal opportunity to be selected. We recruit personnel based on their experience, expertise, skills, and values through structured process and job criteria, regardless of their personal attributes. This applies to all areas of employment. We see recruitment as an opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion within the company and aim to attract a diverse pool of candidates. 

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