29 November 2015

New Alcoa diversity champion for gay and lesbian equality

Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery Manager Mark Hodgson (centre) and fellow EAGLE members at the gay and lesbian Pride Parade in Northbridge, Perth, in November.

Alcoa’s Wagerup Refinery Manager Mark Hodgson has been announced as the new Australian lead for the company’s diversity support and network group Employees at Alcoa for Gay and Lesbian Equality (EAGLE).
Alcoa is committed to creating an inclusive work place which fosters respect and diversity and as part of its strategy has several employee affiliation groups including the Alcoa Women's Network and EAGLE.
Mr Hodgson, who has a Mechanical Engineering degree and Fitter and Turner trade certificate, accepted the additional leadership role given his staunch views on equality, inclusiveness and a worker’s right to be their authentic self at work so they do not have to hide who they are from their co-workers.
“I asked myself, what type of a leader would I be if I did not do something to address the obvious inequalities experienced by people who are gay and lesbian,” Mr Hodgson said.
“To improve my knowledge of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality issues I undertook training which helped me understand everyone wants to be appreciated, respected, productive and to have an honest social life – the next person is no different to who I am and what I want.
“I want all Alcoa employees to understand that at Alcoa it is everyone’s responsibility to welcome each employee, customer, contractor and vendor, regardless of race, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, as each has the right to work in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment.”
To kick-start as the new EAGLE lead, Mr Hodgson last month marched with a group of employees in the gay and lesbian Pride Parade held in Northbridge.
Alcoa is the first resources company to take part in the event which celebrated 25 years of gay pride in Western Australia.
EAGLE’s objective is to be a highly active and positive influence for equality and workplace inclusiveness. Employees can become EAGLE members or allies in support of the network group that has trebled its membership base in the past year.
Mr Hodgson joined Alcoa as a Reliability Engineer in 2003 and has worked in a variety of management and leadership roles at Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries until his appointment as Wagerup Refinery Manager in January 2015. Taking on this additional leadership role was a natural progression for Mark who is strongly committed to equality, inclusiveness and diversity.
Media contact: Jane McGuire on 0410 694 676 or jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au
Further information about EAGLE:
Employees at Alcoa for Gay and Lesbian Equality (EAGLE) provides information, resources and support to Alcoa employees who are either gay or lesbian or allies of gay and lesbian people. During 2015, EAGLE launched a number of initiatives to broaden knowledge of gay and lesbian inequality issues and grow the membership base. A road show took EAGLE to Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup refineries where members delivered presentations to highlight the work place difficulties faced by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or intersex.

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