Al­coa takes a pur­ple stand for di­ver­sity

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Staff at Al­coa's Wagerup re­fin­ery wore pur­ple on Septem­ber 7 for a na­tional day to stand up for LGBTQI youth.

Wear it Pur­ple Day is an an­nual demon­stra­tion of sup­port and ac­cep­tance of young peo­ple’s sex­u­al­ity and gen­der iden­tity.

The event was founded in 2010 af­ter sev­eral LGBTQI youth took their own lives due to bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment be­cause of their sex- ual­ity. Manag­ing di­rec­tor and chair­man of Al­coa of Aus­tralia Michael Parker said Al­coa was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a di­verse and in­clu­sive work­place which em­braced all peo­ple and cel­e­brat­ing Wear it Pur­ple Day showed the com­pany’s sup­port.

“Our wish at Al­coa is for ev­ery em­ployee to bring their whole selves to work and to feel in­cluded and val­ued for who they are and for the di­ver­sity of ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences they bring,” he said.

Mr Parker said Al­coa was driv­ing change and mak­ing its work­place a model for in­clu­sion.

Al­coa was the first re­sources com­pany to walk in the Pride Pa­rade five years ago and has been named an Aus­tralian Work­place Equal­ity In­dex Bronze Tier Em­ployer by Pride in Di­ver­sity for five con­sec­u­tive years.

Al­coa staff demon­strated their sup­port for LGBTQI youth by wear­ing pur­ple.

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