At the heart of The
Helping to drive this evolution into a growth-minded company are a handful of powerful behaviours: Curiosity, Empowerment, Iteration and Inclusion. The belief is that by continuing to nurture and promote these essential traits,
Until recently there were two BRGs serving
Mark moved to Canada with his partner from England in 2016 and began working as a Customer Marketing Manager for
“It’s the role I’ve enjoyed the most in my career,” Mark began. “My experience here at Coke has been really positive, I’ve always felt like I could be my authentic self to everyone here. I realized right away that while we have an amazingly open and inclusive culture, we weren’t doing enough to celebrate it.”
As a member of an LGBTQ+ group at the last company he’d worked for, Mark knew first-hand how openly embracing the LGBTQ+ community could truly make a difference for everyone involved. Once Mark had comfortably settled into his new role, he set about getting the new BRG up and running. The first thing he did was arrange a meeting with Janet Joubran,
“It was like pushing on an open door,” Mark recalled. “Janet was so pleased someone had finally come to discuss it with her. She talked about how at
One of the first challenges Mark had was to set forth a clear vision and mission for the group.
“There were definitely some questions early on as to whether we even needed this group in Canada,” Mark admitted. “Canada, for good reason, is widely seen as an accepting and inclusive society. The reality however is that we all have our own biases based on experiences where we live. While I’ve been warmly welcomed here in Toronto, unfortunately that doesn’t mean everyone across Canada has.”
In terms of specific objectives, Mark has deliberately left the LGBTQ+ BRG a blank slate its inaugural meeting in September approaches. Important decisions around which events to host and what organizations to support will be made once regular meetings begin.
“It has always been important to me to leave room for this group to grow and define itself without too much influence from me in the beginning,” Mark confided. “Our main goal has to be and will always be spreading the message that everyone has a right be proud of who they are. Our membership will bring a wide variety of perspectives from various parts of the LGBTQ+ community and will include [straight] allies as well. As we prepare for our first meeting, I’m thrilled to see what ideas our members come up with to promote inclusion and enrich the lives of associates here at