Lendlease Platinum Sponsor of LGBTI Inclusion Awards

23 Jun 2017

We were the platinum sponsor of the Pride Inclusion awards, an event acknowledging Australia’s top employers, both businesses and sporting organisations, for their work in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) inclusion.

Chris Lamb

Global Head of Talent and Organisational Development

Based on our involvement in the  Pride Inclusion awards over the last five years, we are now a qualifier for Platinum Employer status. This recognises the highest levels of performance within the Australia Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), acknowledging organisations that have ranked within the top ten for a minimum of four years within the last five year period. Lendlease has until the end of the year to complete a project that contributes to LGBTI inclusion to be awarded this status. Our project is focused on providing leadership, increasing employee awareness, and support for managers to drive LGBTI inclusion on work sites.

You might wonder what property and construction has to do with diversity. Well – our vision at Lendlease is to create the best places, and a place is not just bricks and mortar. 

A place is the environment that you build, the sense of inclusion that you create and the ability for people to bring their whole selves to work and be themselves.

For the first time the Pride Inclusion awards recognised National and State Sporting Organisations for Excellence in LGBTI inclusion. It was a happy coincidence that Alex Blackwell, captain of the Lendlease Breakers – the most successful team in the history of Women’s National Cricket – was the keynote speaker. 

Since 2009, we have been supporting the Lendlease Breakers and in 2016 we expanded our sponsorship to professionalise the team and lead a necessary journey towards gender equity in sport in Australia.

At Lendlease we are committed to providing a level playing field for everyone.
Earlier this year, our Group CEO and Managing Director, Steve McCann joined other Australian business leaders in signing an open letter in support of marriage equality. The joint letter was delivered to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Equality Campaign who are urging Australian politicians to hold a parliamentary vote to make marriage equality legal.

We can all play an active role in creating inclusive workplaces by having an open mind, listening to all opinions, becoming aware of our unconscious biases and setting people up for success. Don’t underestimate the difference you can make. 

Watch below our Group People Officer, Michael Vavakis featured in a powerful video alongside other LGBTI individuals.