For us, inclusion and diversity isn’t about statistics. It’s creating an environment where you feel like your best self and have people you can reach out to when you don’t. Our answer is the Just Be Network, made up of CCEP employees organising events for issues we’re passionate about, such as Pride and mental wellbeing. And not least, promoting equal and fair chances within our workplace.
Anyone can join. All it takes is encouraging others to ‘Be yourself, Be valued, Belong’. And look at the difference that’s made to our colleagues…
Jade's Pride story
A person’s sexuality should never dictate their career opportunities or the respect they’re due. But some still need, and are actively looking, to be educated further. That’s why Jade feels so strongly about the power of Pride – the events celebrating awareness and acceptance of the LGBT+ community.
“The reason pride is special to me is because before joining any company I am usually filled with anxiety about my sexuality: ‘should I mention it or not?’ But this wasn’t the case when I joined CCEP. I knew when joining I wouldn’t have to hide my sexuality, which was such a relief. Being able to be myself really made coming to work so much more enjoyable. I've been with my wife for 13 wonderful years now and I have never taken for granted how inclusive CCEP is! The great thing about the CCEP culture is we’re not afraid to ask questions. I’ve had colleagues ask me about gay marriage, how I would approach having children and my life in general as a gay women, and its always been out of genuine curiosity. After all, that’s how we learn right?”
Mo's life changing story
Mohammed Koheealle started as a merchandiser at CCEP in November 2019. As someone who’s used a wheelchair his entire life due to a birth defect, Mo tells us “no company has ever been able to look past my disability”. But he also says he’s had a good feeling about working at CCEP ever since his first interview.
“My interviewers were a little caught off guard initially, but quickly looked passed my disability. They saw me as an actual human being, and offered me my first full-time job ever. They did everything they could to make me feel comfortable, including meeting with every single store on my patch to be sure I could do the job properly, and training me to do my work from a wheelchair because it’s quite a physical role. All three of the managers I’ve reported to so far have just been incredible at looking at situations from my perspective. Honestly, they’ve been a godsend. Coming to work at CCEP has completely changed my life. I was in a dark place before I started here, but since then everything has fallen into place and I’ve never been happier.”
Samina's Women-in-Leadership story
Three and a half years after leaving university, Samina was approached by CCEP who asked if she’d like to join our Commercial Finance team as an Analyst. In roughly 10 years here, she’s seen the proof in our promise to promote more female business leaders. We’ve supported Samina in becoming a fully qualified accountant and she’s quickly progressed to Associate Director level – all while achieving the perfect work-life balance as a mother to her child.
“As an Associate Director, I manage a team of seven people – comprising Senior Managers, Managers and Analysts. I feel empowered to make an impact on the business and also the employees that I manage and interact with. Seeing the results of coaching team members, watching them succeed in developing their careers and ensuring they have the best prospects is really rewarding. However, when I was relatively new into my role, I learned I was pregnant. I was initially sceptical as to how to break the news. However, after I discussed this with my then line manager I felt much more comfortable. CCEP promote flexible working, so I was always made to feel comfortable with adjusting my hours if I needed to attend medical appointments. Once on maternity leave, I was able to use CCEP’s ‘keep in touch’ days to help me stay up to date with the team.”