I’ve been working at Vanderlande for seven years and always felt at home. I’ve never had to hide who I am and have always been open about my sexuality. It helps that the company has such a diverse and inclusive working culture, where everyone is encouraged to be themselves.
Our workforce is truly international, and in Veghel – where I’m based – we have people from all over the world. I think that helps make us an open company, ready to accept everyone.
From a personal standpoint, going to events like Pride allows me to be part of a community, where I feel safe and comfortable showing affection towards my husband. This isn’t something I usually do in public, but being with like-minded people is reassuring and gives me confidence.
Feeling positive about these moments got me thinking about starting an LGBTQ+ group at work. I talked about the idea with my manager, who after a while mentioned someone else in Human Resources with the same interest. Employees are free to set up their own informal social networks through the ‘I am Vanderlande’ initiative. This is independent of the company, and groups are now established on a wide range of subjects – from cycling to board games.