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Western Water has won the Diversity category in Hume City Council’s 2017 Hume Business Awards.

Western Water Managing Director, Neil Brennan, said the Sunbury-based water corporation has worked hard in recent years to build an inclusive workplace culture that values diversity.

“We are leaders in the water industry when it comes to gender equity, with a majority female board, and three women on a seven-person executive team,” Mr Brennan said.

“Overall women make up 43 per cent of our workforce across the business, including engineering, plant operation and business performance.

“This is backed by our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which celebrates and supports the diversity of our customer base and workforce.”

Other actions to improve diversity include:

  • Positive and Professional Behaviours training for staff to help prevent discrimination and harassment
  • Recruitment and selection procedures to encourage diversity and ensure gender balance of interview panels
  • Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week each year to acknowledge the many cultures in the workforce and community
  • Building relationships with Traditional Owners in the region to ensure their needs and aspirations are acknowledged in business decision-making

“We are proud of our diverse workforce, and will continue to look for opportunities to improve in this area,” Mr Brennan said. 

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