Al­coa pro­motes in­clu­sion and diver­sity dur­ing Pride march

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Al­coa work­ers have once again cham­pi­oned the ideals of in­clu­sion and diver­sity in a tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated work­place by march­ing in the West­ern Aus­tralian Pride Pa­rade in North­bridge.

For the sec­ond time, Al­coa chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Parker took part in the march on Novem­ber 24 in the hopes LGBTI em­ploy­ees will feel val­ued and equal, able to speak openly about their lives and free from ha­rass­ment and prej­u­dice.

“We have strong views on an em­ployee’s right to be their au­then­tic self at work, so they do not have to hide who they are from their col­leagues,” Mr Parker said.

“I want ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of their sex­ual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or ori­en­ta­tion, to feel safe, equal and val­ued for who they are and the diver­sity of ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences they bring.”

Ear­lier this year Al­coa was recog­nised for the fifth time in a row as a Bronze Tier Em­ployer un­der the Aus­tralian Work­place Equal­ity In­dex pro­gram, the na­tional bench­mark for LGBTI work­place in­clu­sion.

“By par­tic­i­pat­ing in events such as the Pride Pa­rade we demon­strate our com­mit­ment to fos­ter­ing an in­clu­sive and di­verse work­place and we have a fan­tas­tic time, en­gag­ing with the crowd and soak­ing up the pos­i­tive en­ergy,” Mr Parker said.

“Congratulations to the Pride team on a sim­ply bril­liant pa­rade.

“It re­ally is one of Perth’s best nights for colour and life and it gets big­ger ev­ery year.”

This year the com­pany hosted the State’s first re­source-sec­tor LGBTI Best Prac­tice Fo­rum to ed­u­cate and share ideas with other in­dus­try lead­ers such as Wood­side, GHD and Downer.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Pic­ture: Cs­foto - Chris­tian Spro­goe

Al­coa em­ploy­ees Adele Peters, Kim Gray, Jo Ball, Sue English and Dar­ryl Ball get be­hind Pin­jarra re­fin­ery hu­man re­sources man­ager Pat Schraven at the Pride Pa­rade in North­bridge.

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