Alcoa takes a purple stand for diversity
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.