Carlton & United celebrated IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) last week by inducting 28 employees into its the Ally Program.
The Ally Program was created to provide an opportunity for more employees to get involved in showing their support for LGBTIQ individuals and the issues that affect them.
Each of the Allies completed training with Pride in Diversity in the last quarter of 2018, aimed at arming them with the knowledge and tools they would need, to be sources of support for fellow CUB employees.
"We are an employee-run group and our goal is to create a supportive environment for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation," noted Lana Doyle, National Account Manager for IBA and a newly appointed Ally.
"We raise awareness by celebrating LGBTIQ days of significance, running training sessions and hosting guest speakers. For instance, last September Jason Ball, founder of the Pride Cup, shared his story of tackling homophobia in sport with CUB.
"Allies display stickers at their workstations to identify themselves as Allies, and they act as role models for non-discriminatory practices and language in the workplace."
As co-lead of CUB's LAGER Network, Doyle also helps to organise events, as well as engaging with external stakeholders such as Pride in Diversity and Out for Australia, to increase CUB’s support for the broader LGBTIQ community.
At the Ally induction last week, CUB’s D&I Committee Co-Chair and VP of Sales, Rose Scott, reiterated the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive work environment and officially presented the new LGBTI Allies with their stickers.
"At CUB, diversity and inclusion means creating a high-performance culture by attracting and developing the best talent and creating a supportive environment in which all our people can perform at their best," Doyle added.
"While we believe that leveraging people’s diverse attributes will give us deeper insights into consumer needs and enhance relationships with all our stakeholders, we also put diversity and inclusion into action throughout CUB. Great examples include the revised parental leave policy, the promotion of workplace flexibility, unconscious bias training for managers, the AMBER League, and the celebration of cultural days of significance. And of course there is also the LAGER Network and our freshly inducted Allies."
With just over four years at CUB, Doyle is passionate about the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
"I think it’s important for people to challenge their own biases and comfort zones, and become more aware of the impact of their behaviour on those around them," she explained. "Being part of the LAGER network and the Ally program provides me a platform from which to encourage this thinking among my colleagues at CUB. Being able to contribute to such positive change is incredibly rewarding."