At Bidvest Noonan, we are on a mission to embed acceptance into every aspect of our business, by championing equal opportunities for all. A good workplace is one that welcomes diversity, inclusion and everything that makes an employee unique. In an attempt to truly understand what it means to belong, we spoke to a few people across our business about what inclusion and diversity mean to them.
Diversity is what makes a community or society grow because everyone can bring something of their own to the table. Equality, when it exists, gives everyone the chance to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves. In my eyes, feeling a sense of belonging can bring out the best in all of us.
Who you are, what you look like, or what you believe in, should not be a reason for anyone to treat you like you do not belong. Most things in this world do not come in the same shapes and sizes, so why should we?
In this world where we have so many differences, inclusion offers you a welcoming hand. Being given equal opportunities in a community, workplace, or society, is the best gift of all.
For me diversity is not how we differ, it is about embracing what makes each other unique. Being part of a company that promotes diversity and inclusion makes me feel like I belong to a positive and accepting work environment. And building a diverse workforce is a smart thing to do in any business.
At Bidvest Noonan, we encourage and support the development of innovative projects that promote equality and inclusion for all employees. Marketing Manager, Alina Cartas, makes the case that such policies add value to any environment:
To me, diversity is a wonderful thing. It is so natural that it shouldn’t even be a discussion or an issue — but purely common sense and part of being human. I have been very lucky because London welcomed me with open arms and I have not experienced any overt discrimination or racism.
I have never discriminated or treated anyone differently based on their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation and it is not something that ever crosses my mind to do so. However, I think we all have the responsibility to educate ourselves on what others experience and try our best to promote inclusion. We cannot sit silently and think of diversity as someone else’s responsibility. I am so pleased to support Bidvest Noonan’s efforts in this area.
Receptionist, Uliana Bulgac has had a completely different experience herself, but her journey has also aligned her right along Bidvest Noonan’s mission for inclusion:
Somebody once told me that a ‘hybrid’ such as myself should not exist. I identify as a Romanian who has two mother tongues, being a mixture of Russian and Moldovan nationality.
Every life matters. Every human being represents a small world of their own with different social, religious and cultural backgrounds. There’s a story behind how each of us came into this world and we have every right to live here freely.
I see diversity as something that makes us special. As long as we can tell the difference between whether someone is good or bad, why should it matter what their nationality, skin colour, religion or sexual orientation is?
Inclusion is the ability to work together regardless of differences: just like the different pieces in a mechanical watch, each shape, size and material help make it a perfect whole. This only works when people accept, agree, improve and compromise to build healthy and productive relationships.
Pride Month is a reminder to all of us that every person is unique. It’s a good time to remind myself and everyone around me to give and accept love, respect and support. If two adults truly love each other, what right does the rest of the world have to call it wrong?
Pride and diversity are the liberty to show one’s true identity and beliefs, without the fear of what others might think. It is the idea of living free of shame about who we truly are as individuals.
It is a privilege to celebrate who you are. This time every year is a chance to remember that point in our history when the LGBTQIA+ was finally recognised and welcomed into society. I applaud all the hard work, passion and courage the community has devoted to deserving the place they have made for themselves today.