Known for its household brands Clipper Teas, Whole Earth, Kallo and Mrs Crimble’s, Ecotone UK, is part of the Future Makers programme with MyBigCareer, a charity focused on opening up opportunities to disadvantaged young people and providing inspirational moments to influence their future career path.
During their time with the food company, 24 Fern Hill pupils heard from employees within Ecotone about their varied job roles and the path they took to get there. They also learnt about the company’s mission to create food that protects and grows biodiversity.
Learning about the importance of biodiversity, the 14–15-year-olds split into groups and got stuck in with activities such as making bug hotels to encourage biodiversity and wildlife conservation around the business park.
The visit from Fern Hill coincided with Ecotone’s company ‘Bio-diversity Day’ which is dedicated to nurturing the ecosystem of its workforce. It celebrated the racial, cultural, social and gender diversity of Ecotone’s internal team and invited employees to address unconscious bias and prejudice in their everyday lives.
The day is part of Ecotone’s ‘I’m In’ initiative, a company-wide pledge to always encourage, include and value others, regardless of their differences.
Ann Chambers, HR director at Ecotone UK, said: “It was wonderful to be joined by the pupils at Fern Hill and to give them the opportunity to learn about the different roles within a food company to help inspire their future career choices.
“It’s also so important to teach people from a young age about the impact of food production and farming on the planet.
“Our Bio-Diversity Day is just one of the ways in which we are striving to become a truly inclusive company and build on our B-Corp principles to be a force for good.”
Richard Watson, chief executive at MyBigCareer, said: “Our work with companies like Ecotone opens up workplace opportunities for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Insight Days like today can open their eyes to jobs they didn’t know existed and can sow the seed that inspires them to follow a particular career path.
“The time spent with Ecotone UK was truly inspiring and the team were fantastic in sharing their own experiences with the pupils.
Ecotone UK signed up to be a Future Maker with MyBigCareer in July this year. The company will continue to work closely with the organisation to open up opportunities and support young people to break through the barriers to social mobility.