Alcoa employees celebrate diversity by marching in WA Pride Parade

The Alcoa team were loud and proud at the WA Pride Parade in Northbridge.
The Alcoa team were loud and proud at the WA Pride Parade in Northbridge.

ALCOA employees took to the streets in support of the WA Pride Parade and people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI).

Alcoa has been committed to creating an inclusive workplace and as part of its strategy has several employee affiliation support groups including EAGLE – Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality.

Alcoa was the first WA resources company to march in the Pride Parade. This was the third year employees have joined in.

Environment, health and safety director Danny Spadaccini marched for the first time this year and said he was committed to embedding equality, inclusiveness and diversity into workplace standards, behaviours and programs.

“As an employer of nearly 4000 West Australians, we have a responsibility to provide an inclusive, safe and supportive environment for every employee,” he said.

“We have strong views on workers’ rights to be their authentic self at work so they do not have to hide who they are from their co-workers.

“We understand people can be challenged by being LGBTI and in the minority, so for employees identifying as LGBTI or who are allies of a LGBTI person they can access our EAGLE support group to share their challenges and concerns in a considerate environment.

“By creating an inclusive workplace culture, and being committed to diversity and work-life balance, Alcoa believes employees will have the best opportunity to succeed professionally and be proud of who they are and where they come from.”