Australian business Woolworths Group was recognised on Wednesday with gold tier status for the second time at the 2019 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards.
The Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards is based on the results of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). The recent event eyes the country’s top businesses for LGBTI inclusion and celebrates leaders and employees who have made a significant impact within their workplaces.
“At Woolworths, creating an inclusive culture is a huge priority for us. We want all our team members to feel free to bring their whole selves to work. We are delighted to be recognised as a gold tier workplace by AWEI for a second year in a row and extremely proud of the work we have undertaken to progress LGBTI inclusion in the workplace and the efforts of our teams across the Group,” Woolworths Group head of diversity and inclusion, Rachel Mead said.
Woolworths Group said it has made progress in 2019 in LGBTI inclusion in the company from holding educational events and training sessions; hosted a diversity roundtable and networking event; growing the Proud at Woolworths Group to 2000+ members; celebrated Wear it Purple Day.
It also collaborated with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2019. Woolies teams attended the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Woolworths Group also launched hosted a guest panel event during the Transgender Day of Remembrance to promote awareness.
“While we know we still have more work to do, we are fully committed to continuing to create better experiences for our LGBTI team members. It is a very exciting time to be at Woolworths. As a diverse team, we know we can create better experiences together, each and every day,” Rachel concluded.