ALCOA of Australia’s chairman and managing director and an employee-driven call to action company initiative have been announced as finalists in the 2019 Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources Awards.
Michael Parker, an Alcoa employee of 25 years including four as head of the company, is short listed for the Women in Resources Champion award while Alcoa’s Catalysts for Change program is an Outstanding Company Initiative category finalist.
Seventy nominations were received across five award categories.
Mr Parker actively champions gender diversity as a hallmark of his leadership.
“I have a deep and personal commitment to continually transform Alcoa as an inclusive workplace which values women,” he said.
“I firmly believe employers, particularly in the resources sector, have a responsibility to create equality for women so they benefit from a long career which is meaningful throughout all stages of their lives.”
Mr Parker has actively grown female representation on his extended leadership team to almost 50 per cent over the last three years, addressed gender pay disparities via an annual pay equity audit and mandated diversity and inclusion as a standing agenda item for all leadership meetings.
Motivating and empowering employees to actively find opportunities to advance women is also a key theme of Alcoa’s Catalysts for Change (C4C) initiative.
Since its launch in 2015, hundreds of employee-catalysts representing the highest levels of management to mine, refinery and office employees have pledged to promote the development of women, advocate for change and showcase the successes of women in the workplace.
Award winners will be announced on Friday, March 15 at a special 10th anniversary presentation dinner hosted by Annabel Crabb at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre.