UK Local Council Launches Vegan Staff Network

Suffolk County Council has become the first in the country to provide one for its vegan employees, offering them the chance to contribute to corporate agendas and decisions where relevant
Co-Chairs of the Vegan Staff Network, Sadie Cable and Jack Barber (Photo: Hannah Holder)

A UK county council has become the first to launch a formal Vegan Staff Network.

Suffolk County Council's move comes after two employees decided it was 'time to bring veganism into the professional arena'. They hope more places of employment will follow suit.

According to the organization, a staff network is 'formed by employees and provides a supportive environment for its members. They also have the opportunity to contribute to corporate agendas and decisions where the issues will impact upon its members'.

Vegan is more than a diet

"Veganism is about so much more than just a diet; it is a lifestyle and, to some, a belief system," Sadie Cable, Co-Chair of the network, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"Most people who identify as vegan usually do so because of a whole range of things that align with protecting animals, saving our planet and living a healthy lifestyle.

"The network is a way to bring veganism in to the corporate spotlight and improve things for its members. We want staff to feel proud of what they believe in and to have a platform to educate others and to feel like their beliefs won't be compromised."

So far, the network has already collaborated with the main campus building restaurant to secure daily vegan options and it has big plans for 2019.

Anyone interested in setting up a network in their organization can please get in touch. Alternatively, the Vegan Leaders Playbook is a starting point for anyone wishing to bring veganism into the world of work.

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