A “natural next step” in the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative, Ecotone UK will work closely with MyBigCareer to open up opportunities for teenagers aged 12-18 from disadvantaged backgrounds and give them valuable insights into a future career path.
MyBigCareer will be inviting secondary schools in Surrey, serving local communities of high disadvantage, to participate in a range of initiatives hosted by Ecotone UK.
The B-Corp certified business, which is home to household brands Clipper Teas, Kallo, Whole Earth and Mrs Crimble’s, can offer young people a broad perspective of the food industry - from new product development and finance through to sales, marketing and day in the life of a CEO.
Pupils have the chance to take part in workshops, 1:1 Career Coaching and Insight Days designed to inspire and spark creativity. What’s more, Ecotone UK employees can become volunteer coaches to help build self-belief and support young people to break through the barriers to social mobility.
Alongside career guidance, Ecotone UK can show pupils how the food they eat has an impact on the natural world. Driven by the company’s mission, ‘Food for Biodiversity’, it is committed to using natural and organic ingredients that help to protect and grow biodiversity.
Ann Chambers, HR director at Ecotone UK, said: “As part of Ecotone’s ‘Food for Biodiversity’ purpose, we have been looking at how our internal ecosystem and local community could benefit from greater depth of diversity.
“This has driven us to look outside the business to how we can create a positive future for the food industry by bringing greater diversity to the next generation of workers in FMCG.
“We’re delighted to be working with MyBigCareer to help open up more opportunities for young people and break down barriers for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”