Southern Rural Water was honoured to be named the 2016 Pride supporter of the year by the Victorian Public Sector Pride Network last week.
The Pride Network is a peer-directed group of Victorian Public Sector staff that aims to support and confidently promote all parts of the Victorian Public Sector as an employer of choice, decision-maker and service provider for LGBTI Victorians.
The Pride Supporter of the year award recognises SRW’s dedication to creating a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. SRW was the first Victorian water corporation to join Pride in Diversity, and has been active in demonstrating LGBTI inclusion.
New actions and materials have been developed to support current and future transgender staff.
Managing Director, Clinton Rodda, was thrilled with the result.
“We have done this work not only to deliver business results and to meet governmental requirements, but also because it is the right and decent thing to do.
We are committed to take a leadership role, as we have a unique opportunity to assist the LGBTI community in the regional areas we operate where support structures may not be as strong as in the city.”
“We are really proud of what we have achieved so far, but we see ourselves as just at the beginning of our journey with our diversity and inclusion work.
“The water industry has traditionally not focussed on raising awareness about or celebrating its LGBTI workers, but we are taking big steps to change that. We want all of our employees to feel safe and comfortable to be themselves at work.”
The Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, was pleased to see an organisation operating in regional Victoria acknowledged with an award.
“LGBTI Victorians in rural and regional areas face unique challenges. Improving workplace inclusion is a key step in supporting rural and regional LGBTI communities”.
“Reducing discrimination and promoting inclusion of LGBTI people in everyday rural and regional life requires input from many different people and organisations in these communities. Congratulations Southern Rural Water for taking a leadership role.”