Employment parity at Bunnings
Bunnings is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where it operates, including attracting and recruiting a diverse team that reflects the communities it operates in.
Encouraging Indigenous people to obtain fulfilling jobs with leadership development and career progression is a priority for Bunnings and in the 2020 financial year, 1.9 per cent of Bunnings team members in Australia self-identified as Indigenous.
Bunnings set a target of employment parity for Indigenous people as part of Wesfarmers’ Employment Parity Initiative, which is three per cent of their Australian team by the end of 2022.
To help achieve this, dedicated Indigenous Employment Advisors were recruited to work with local Indigenous communities and Bunnings’ key partners to proactively identify and support Indigenous candidates and team members. Their role includes collaborating with teams to ensure sustained success for Indigenous team members. They also support Bunnings’ leaders to engage with Indigenous communities and promote Indigenous business opportunities.
Three team members who commenced their roles as Indigenous Employment Advisors were Annie Young, Mary McMurtrie and Lee Quince, who now work with team members across the business, like Emily Byers, a Gumbaynggirr woman from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.
Prior to joining Bunnings as a Coordinator in 2019, Emily held positions supporting and mentoring Indigenous people in training and employment. After joining Bunnings’ store leadership team, Emily was promoted into the role of Service Coordinator and looks forward to growing her career at Bunnings. Outside of work, Emily is a foster mum for Indigenous children.
In the coming year, Bunnings will continue to focus on employing new team members who will add to the diversity and success of the business.