EMPLOYEES of Alcoa 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 annual Pride Parade, with 2016 being the third year employees joined the parade.
Environment, health and safety director Danny Spadaccini marched for the first time this year and is 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,” Mr Spadaccini said.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”