Diversity and inclusion top notch status for Woolies in Asia Pacific

Woolworths Group has secured a top spot in Asia Pacific and ranked 19th globally in the 2019 Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index.

This is the second consecutive year the group has led the way for Australian businesses on the index.

The US leads the top 100 followed by the UK and Australia.

The group was honoured for its diversity and inclusion initiatives such as LGBTI inclusion, refugee employment programs, and the launch of the company’s second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

In addition to having more than 3600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members in total, the group recently launched its second RAP to further contribute towards Australia’s reconciliation journey.

Rachel Mead, head of diversity and inclusion at Woolworths, said the troup is proud to be ranked in the global top 20 once again.

“Together with our 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,” Ms Mead said.

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

Earlier this year the group was awarded gold tier status at the 2019 Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards for the second consecutive year, and remains the only retailer in Australia to be awarded this status.

As a customer-led business Ms Mead says it’s critically important that team members reflect the communities they serve.

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