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Refinitiv names Australia's most inclusive drinks companies

Refinitiv names Australia's most inclusive drinks companies

Woolworths Group has been named Australia’s top company, and number one in Asia Pacific, in the 2019 Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index.

Woolworths Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Rachel Mead said: "We are proud to once again be ranked in the global top 20 of the Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion Index. 

“Together with 190,000 of our team members, we are delighted to be recognised for our efforts to build an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity in all its forms.

“It’s this diverse mix of talent that enables us to engage, innovate and create better experiences for our teams and customers.”

In 2019, the Woolworths Group's focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives has included LGBTI inclusion, refugee employment programs, and the launch of the company’s second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

With more than 3600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members across the Woolworths Group, the company’s second RAP was launched in July 2019 to further contribute towards Australia’s reconciliation journey.

The Woolworths Refugee Employment program - in partnership with Community Corporate - also helped provide even more employment opportunities for displaced refugees from Syria and the Middle East in 2019. Through the 2019 program, 55 refugees commenced employment in New South Wales and Victorian Woolworths Metro stores. The program is now set to expand into Queensland and South Australia in 2020.

Earlier this year the Woolworths Group was also awarded gold tier status at the 2019 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards for the second year running. This recognised Woolworths’ efforts to progress LGBTI inclusion initiatives in the workplace. The Woolworths Group remains the only retailer in Australia to be awarded gold tier status.

Mead added: “This result and recognition is a testament to our team members across Australia and New Zealand who make the Woolworths Group such a great place to work.

“As a customer led business, it’s critically important that our team members reflect the communities we serve and that we create a working culture where everyone can succeed. 

“We are extremely proud of this result, and our achievements to date, but know we still have more work to do. We now have ambitions to work even harder to build an even more diverse and inclusive workplace for the benefit of our team and customers.”

The Refinitiv D&I Index ranks the top 100 publicly traded companies out of a pool of more than 7000 globally, and measures 24 metrics across key categories including Diversity, Inclusion and People Development. The index is then calculated by weighing each metric based on importance in the market and how each company compares with its peers.

Diageo ranked No.2 globally

Diageo took out the No.2 spot globally in the top 25 most diverse and inclusive companies list, up from 4th place in 2018.

“I am very proud that Diageo has once again climbed the Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion List, and we are now ranked as the second most diverse and inclusive workplace globally," said Mairéad Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer, Diageo. 

"We passionately believe that championing inclusion and diversity is the right thing to do, and have made it a business priority to shape market leading policies and practices.

"This year we rolled out an ambitious global family leave policy that ensures all women at Diageo receive six months paid maternity leave and set a minimum standard of four weeks paid paternity leave for men, with men in many countries also benefiting from six months paid paternity leave.

"To be recognised for our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity is extremely rewarding, and we will continue to push ourselves to improve and build on our ambitions.”

Diageo Australia took out the Inclusive & Diverse Workplace trophy at the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards.

The Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award celebrates organisations that prioritise diversity and recognise the value of an inclusive workplace for individuals and their organisations.

Last year, Diageo won the inaugural Gender Equity trophy for its initiatives around making inclusion key to its business and it has continued and expanded on that agenda this year.

The company has gone on to launch an engagement framework that has better signposted and embedded its inclusive culture right across its business. It has also invested in a coaching program for its leaders that helps harness the diversity of its people and adapt its leadership style to be truly inclusive.

Diageo also launched a progressive Flex Philosophy that recognises that “everyone has a different story, with different needs”. It noted that it trusts its people with the freedom to choose where, when or how they can best achieve and help the company grow.

Other activities included mindfulness sessions, internal recognition of R U OK Day, and celebrations of inclusive occasions such as the Mardi Gras Festival and International Women’s Day.