Alcoa promotes inclusion and diversity during Pride march
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.
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.