One of Scotland’s brewing companies has taken a big step forward on its inclusivity ‘journey’ by backing a pioneering project to help bring together people from diverse backgrounds.
Heineken has been a big sponsor of the inclusivity and diversity agenda, working with The Human Library to engage its employees with people from all walks of life.
Each of those in the Library is termed a “book” whose experiences of prejudice and mental problems can be “read” through conversation.
Heineken has introduced its staff to these “books” to help them understand people who may have suffered depression, physical deformity, gender issues, or just simply choose an untypical lifestyle.
The company has now launched the latest chapter in The Human Library’s development by supporting Scotland’s first Book Depot, by which each person can be “loaned” out to companies and other organisations.
One of the books taking part, 52-year-old Muffe Vulnuz, who runs a piercing studio in Copenhagen, said he was happy to promote the Human Library “as enlightens people” to those who are different.
Muffe said he had been badly beaten by two men who ripped off his ear which had to be re-attached.
“They say you should to judge a book by its cover. Even people like me are pretty normal, really,” he said.
Jane Brydon, human resources director at Heineken UK, based the Gyle, Edinburgh, said: “It is about helping our colleagues understand more about other people and perhaps come to terms with issues in their own lives.
“It is also important to us as a company to help the community and bring people together.”
The Human Library now operates in 85 countries. Founder Ronni Abergel, who was at the Edinburgh depot launch, said: “Opening our first depot in Scotland is a big step as we continue to grow and reach more people across the world.
“Over the past three years, partnering with Heineken, we’ve done some great work together.
“We are looking forward to a lot more book readings with employees and members of the public to continue highlighting to people there is more than unites us than divides us.”