Alcoa Australia chairman affirms company’s commitment to inclusiveness by marching at Perth’s Pride Parade


The Alcoa team walking in the Northbridge Pride Parade.

The Alcoa team walking in the Northbridge Pride Parade.
The Alcoa team walking in the Northbridge Pride Parade. The Alcoa team walking in the Northbridge Pride Parade.

ALCOA Australia chairman and managing director Michael Parker along with 70 Alcoa employees and their family members took to the Northbridge streets last Saturday to walk in Perth’s Pride Parade.

Mr Parker, who marched for the first time this year, said he was proud the resources company was the first to walk the Pride Parade four years ago.

“Alcoa is committed to driving change and making our workplace a model for inclusion,” he said,

“We hope by joining the Pride Parade we grow acceptance of community differences and diversity and promote Alcoa as a great, inclusive place to work.”

Alcoa was recently acknowledged for the fourth consecutive year as a Bronze Tier Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) – a national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion.Mr Parker said it’s important to show as a company support for inclusiveness through participation in events such as the Pride Parade.

“We have strong views on a worker’s right to be their authentic self at work so they do not have to hide who they are from their co-workers,” he said,

“It was an awesome night marching with a vibrant bunch of colleagues, and the crowd was fantastic too.”

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