We believe in equality and inclusion

We all deserve equal access to opportunity to help us reach our potential. Here’s how we’re doing our part.

Staff networks

Our people come together to break down barriers and celebrate their diversity. We want them to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work every day, and have internal networks to support that.

  • Unity - to support anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI+)
  • Mosaic - to celebrate our cultural diversity, and foster inclusion and respect
  • Koort Waangkiny (which means ‘our hearts are speaking’ in Noongar, the Aboriginal language spoken in the South West of WA) - to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our business.
     

Proud to be inclusive

Unity - our staff network to support anyone who identifies as LGBTI+ – has helped increase the engagement of LGBTI+ employees, measured by our yearly People & Culture Survey. This has been recognised with a Gold Tier LGBTI+ Employer status through Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workers Equality Index (AWEI). What’s more, Unity’s Yammer group and events provide a forum for ongoing discussion and support for LGBTI+ people.

We also adopted a salutation option for customers who identify as gender neutral – ‘Mx’. This allows customers to receive communications from us that use this salutation. It’s a small step, but one that helps us foster a culture of inclusion and respect.

Playing our part in reconciliation

We have several initiatives that support our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They include:

  • Supporting Reconciliation WA programs and initiatives
  • Installation of acknowledgements to the Wadjuk People of the Noongar nation in our head office foyers and main boardroom
  • Commissioning economic and social research through our partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre
  • Volunteering initiatives in partnership with the WA State Government of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Yanchep National Park, Perth NRM and local land care groups. These initiatives focus on the connection of Noongar culture to country, and on caring for the local flora and fauna.

Gender equality

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre partners with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to produce the Gender Equity Insights Series and pursue a common goal of improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

The series adds to the evidence base around gender pay gaps and other gender equity indicators through expert analyses and research based on the new WGEA organisational reporting data.

Want to get in touch?

If you’d like to contact us about any of our community programs, we’d love to hear from you.