Alcoa wins workplace equity award

Alcoa wins workplace equity award

ALCOA has been recognised as a silver tier employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards.

Chairman and managing director Michael Parker said his aim was for every Alcoa employee to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work and to feel included and valued for who they were and for the diversity of ideas and experiences they brought.

“Since 2013, our ally network for LGBTI employees, EAGLE, has grown from 30 members to more than 500, all banding together to champion change across the business.”

Under leadership from Alcoa’s Pinjarra Alumina Refinery manager Mark Hodgson, the network actively promotes a culture of inclusion and rallies support for LGBTI colleagues.

Some tangible efforts from the EAGLE network over the past year include organising events to mark days of significance such as IDAHOBIT, attending external LGBTI forums to share learnings and gather ideas and participating in the annual Perth Pride Parade.

Each year, Alcoa makes a submission to the AWEI Awards to benchmark against more than 150 organisations nationally in LGBTI workplace inclusion. For the past five years, Alcoa has been a bronze tier employer.

Workplaces are judged on a range of criteria, including inclusive policies and practices, executive engagement, inclusive facilities and services, employee networks and external visibility.

Alcoa was one of two resource companies awarded silver status.