WesCEF - Diversity and inclusion
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) recognises that its success as an organisation is closely aligned to the success of its people and strives to create an inclusive culture that permits employees to achieve their best. Our continued commitment to diverse and inclusive teams helps attract and retain the best talent, facilitates creative problem-solving and grows connections to diverse customers and stakeholders.
During the 2020 financial year, work continued to improve gender balance and Indigenous employment through various strategies, including targeted LinkedIn searches, gender-neutral advertising, gender-balanced shortlisting and promotion of flexibility.
WesCEF also continued its focus on building an inclusive culture by delivering inclusive workplace training to 216 employees and updating the parental leave policy to increase the number of weeks of paid parental leave.
WesCEF achieved gender balance on its executive leadership team with 40 per cent female representation. Unfortunately, female representation in leadership roles decreased from 28.9 to 27.7 per cent and overall female representation dropped from 35.0 to 34.8 per cent in the last year. WesCEF continues to build gender balance in non-traditional pipelines. 47 per cent of apprentices are now female.
During the year, 16 Indigenous employment opportunities were created, for a total overall representation of 33, representing 2.5 per cent of the workforce. Currently, 7 per cent of WesCEF’s apprentices are Indigenous and the Division has 6 Indigenous trainees.
In a continued effort to build cultural awareness and connection, WesCEF developed an Acknowledgement of Country video in conjunction with Kwinana Aboriginal Community Health Centre, Moorditj Koort.
WesCEF’s partnership with Moorditj Koort also ensured Indigenous community members in Kwinana and Rockingham had access to COVID-19 support services, food and medical supplies.
During the year, an Indigenous development opportunity was created in the WesCEF Supply team to look for opportunities to increase spend with Indigenous suppliers. This will be a key focus area for next year.
Other focus areas include developing new partnerships with Indigenous organisations and building stronger internal awareness of WesCEF's commitments through the development of an employee onboarding video.