The ANZ Pride Network leads strategic priorities to create an environment of inclusion and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees and allies through active engagement in internal and external activities supporting our community. As the inaugural principal partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and into our eighth year marching, ANZ is proud to celebrate and participate in this iconic event and more broadly show its support for an inclusive and diverse workplace and community. In 2014 we demonstrated this through our innovative GAYTMs, which raised money for Twenty10, a community organisation that supports LGBTI people to build resilience and achieve their potential.
Mark Hand, Managing Director of Australian Retail Distribution, ANZ and Chair of ANZ Australia’s Diversity Council said: “This association is all about encouraging an environment where everyone feels comfortable being themselves at work. You don’t get the benefits of a diverse workforce if some people are expending vast amounts of energy pretending to be something they are not. We want the best people to work at our organisation and given how many people identify as LGBTI, we want to make sure that everyone feels welcome here at ANZ.”
In 2014, ANZ is proud to have achieved fifth place in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTI inclusion. ANZ is also a member of Pride in Diversity- Australia’s authority on LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Watch how ANZ celebrates Mardi Gras , and how we are supporting anti-homophobia campaignerband openly gay footballer Jason Ball in his mission to eradicate homophobic language and behaviour in sport and society.