Woolworths Group has been awarded Gold Tier Status for LGBTQ Inclusion for the third consecutive year in the Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
A preliminary awards announcement for the 2020 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards was held online on June 11.
The Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards is Australia’s leading annual celebration of LGBTQ workplace inclusion. Usually held in May, this year’s event has been postponed until October.
The awards are based on the results of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) – which is now in its tenth year – and the second Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI).
Dawn Hough, Director of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, said: “Over the past decade, we have seen incredible advancements in workplace diversity and inclusion. As we progress further, it remains critical that not only efforts are acknowledged and congratulated, but pressure continues to be applied to maintain and build upon what has been achieved.
“Once again, we have record numbers of employers across all sectors and states participating in the indices. The employee survey that accompanied the AWEI elicited an incredible response, which underscores the importance of LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace.”
“We’re on a journey to create a workplace where everyone can be themselves, know they belong and reach their full potential at Woolworths,” the company said. “It’s pleasing to be recognised for the progress we’ve made so far.”
Thank you to our ‘Proud at Woolworths Group’ members’ for all your hard work in consistently striving to make Woolworths a more inclusive place to work and shop.
Talent Acquisition Adviser Jake Adams added: “Woolworths is the first place I’ve worked where I can truly be myself and I feel so proud to be a part of this organisation.”
Coles received Bronze status in the awards, alongside The Star Entertainment Group.
Genevieve Hawkins (above), General Manager, Health, Safety and Well Being at Coles, is also a finalist in the Sally Webster Ally Award, with the winner announced in October.