A diverse and inclusive workplace
An ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion has created an extraordinary workplace at Scentre Group.
Scentre Group is committed to the success of its business and growth of value, and its Board and senior management recognise the following principles of diversity as key contributors to the achievement of these goals:
- A workforce that is reflective of the communities in which the Group operates
- Recognition that diversity in the workforce is a key contributor to the success of the business
- Creating an inclusive culture that supports employees at all stages of their career and encourages employees to succeed to the best of their ability
Diversity is about recognising and valuing the contribution of people from different backgrounds with different perspectives and experiences.
2015 was a period of significant activity for the Group as it continued to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion by developing targeted initiatives aimed at attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce to help fulfil the purpose of creating extraordinary places, connecting and enriching communities.
While gender remains a strong focus for Scentre Group, its view is that diversity is about recognising and valuing the contribution of people from different backgrounds with different perspectives and experiences, and accordingly a number of people and culture focused initiatives were implemented during the year. These included the flexibility workplaces policies, internal awareness and education, indigenous employment and the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Council whose role is to champion the strategy, plans and policies throughout the business in order to promote and develop an inclusive culture.
Scentre Group’s CEO Peter Allen continued in his role as a Property Male Champion of Change and was also recognised for his efforts on diversity and inclusion as a finalist in the Australian
Human Resources Institute’s CEO Diversity and Inclusion Award. The Group is also a finalist in the diversity category of the 2016 Property Council of Australia’s Innovation & Excellence Awards.
During 2015 the Scentre Group Board included one woman, Aliza Knox. The Board confirmed its support of the 30% Club, and in early 2016 appointed two additional women, Carolyn Kay and Margaret Seale. With these appointments, the Board has been able to meet its stated target of 30% female representation.