There are multiple dimensions of diversity
In 2016, EnergyAustralia has established Prism – an internal Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) network which is open to all employees who identify as LGBTIQ+ and their allies.
We recognise that we operate in a culturally diverse region, consequently each subsidiary has the freedom to respond appropriately to local diversity and inclusion (D&I) priorities. In less than three years since Prism was launched, the programme has gone from being selected as one of EnergyAustralia’s four D&I pillars to being recognised as the Employee Network of the Year by the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) and named a finalist in the Michael Kirby LGBTIQ Inclusion Award by the Australia Human Resources Institute.
Guided by a diverse committee comprised of volunteers from across the organisation, Prism has focused on creating a safe place where employees are able to share personal stories and promote inclusion. This has been done through programs and activities such as revising policies to be more inclusive, partnering with not-for-profit organisations and sponsorships.
Prism has made a significant impact within EnergyAustralia, with over 36 percent of employees being active members of the network. The result has been a 5 percent increase in the number of staff who feel safe to identify as LGBTIQ+ at work from 2017 to 2018 and an improvement in the engagement score of employees who identify as LGBTIQ+.