Alcoa takes part in the WA Pride Parade for the fifth year

Photo: Csfoto - Christian Sprogoe photographer
Photo: Csfoto - Christian Sprogoe photographer

FOR the fifth year and the first as a supporting partner, Alcoa of Australia employees, including chairman and managing director Michael Parker, took part in the WA Pride Parade in support of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex on Saturday.

The streets of Northbridge were awash with colour as more than 100 groups showed their support for the LGBTI community, including members and allies of Alcoa’s employee affiliation group EAGLE – Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality.

Alcoa recognises that today’s actions impact tomorrow’s outcomes and is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace which fosters respect and diversity.

The company wants LGBTI employees to feel valued and equal, able to speak openly about their lives and free from harassment and prejudice.

Mr Parker, an EAGLE member who marched for the second time, is committed to embedding equality, inclusiveness and diversity into workplace standards, behaviours and programs.

“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,” he 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.

“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.

“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.”