Businesses can and do play an important role in fostering inclusive workplaces and inclusive communities. I’m really proud to work for an organisation that has taken an unequivocal and unwavering stance on supporting individuals that identify as LGBTI. As outlined in our FY17 Sustainability Report:
- In support of the approximately 8% of AGL people who identify as LGBTI, in early FY16 we pledged our support for marriage equality in Australia by becoming a corporate supporter of the Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national campaign.
- During FY17, we completed the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) survey, which sets the national benchmark for LGBTI workplace inclusion. We were awarded a Gold tier employer ranking, and we were among the top 8.6% of employers of the 116 employers who participated in the AWEI this year.
- During FY17, we also launched Gender Identity and Transition Support Guidelines. The guidelines outline a framework for supporting AGL people who are thinking about, or in the process of, gender transition at work. They are designed to educate leaders on how they can create a safe and supportive environment and provide information on how to engage expert workplace support.
- We were also proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Midsumma Festival, supporting the 30th Midsumma Festival in early 2017. AGL also sponsored and supported the 2017 Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney and the Broken Heel Festival in Broken Hill, reinforcing our commitment to the LGBTI community.