March 4, 2008

Alcoa Gets Diversity Tick - Again

Alcoa of Australia has been named an “Employer of Choice for Women” by the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for the seventh consecutive year.

Alcoa’s Managing Director, Alan Cransberg said, “Encouraging diversity and providing opportunities for women to realise their career potential have been central strategies to improving Alcoa’s sustainability and success for a number of years now.
“Winning this award confirms my conviction that by developing an organisational culture that provides our employees with the opportunity to succeed professionally and maintain work/life balance, we all benefit – individually and as a business”. 
“Culture change at Alcoa is built on a raft of work place policies such as paid parental leave, part-time work, job sharing, work at home arrangements and strategic recruitment.  These are regularly reviewed to improve workplace inclusiveness and flexibility for all employees”. 
“By addressing barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce we are implementing work practices that have the potential to benefit all our employees. This is becoming particularly important as we are seeing different generational expectations in the workplace as baby boomers begin to retire and generation Y continue to enter the workforce."
Mr Cransberg said Alcoa had made significant progress on providing career opportunities for women.  Now, around 20% of managers at Alcoa were women, up from 3% only a decade ago.