We recognise that to create a high performance culture our employees need to feel inspired, engaged and empowered.
We believe that embracing difference fuels innovation and enables more informed decision making, which is why we promote diversity and inclusiveness in our workplace.
Downer works to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace that facilitates opportunity and respect for all our employees. We are committed to developing a workforce comprising motived employees from the widest possible pool of talent. Downer’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is formalised in the Company’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy.
The following three focus areas inform our strategy:
Downer has set a target to ensure 20% of our workforce is female by 2020, comprising 12% female managers.
Downer operates across several sectors in which female equality has traditionally lagged behind other major industries. We are committed to overcoming the challenges this presents by focusing on practical ways to attract, develop and retain female talent.
It is important to us to have a workforce composed of different age demographics as each generation brings different perspectives and levels of experience to our business.
We have a significant number of employees considering retirement in the next five to 10 years. Our renewed focus on workplace flexibility will allow our older employees to best manage their changing work-life requirements whilst allowing skills and experience to be retained within the business.
In September 2016, Downer launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The implementation and delivery of this RAP affirms our commitment to the reconciliation process and formalises our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and their communities. It also extends upon our existing partnerships and our broader Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategy, which has a cultural component.