Crown’s approach to diversity and inclusion ensures that the workplace remains a dynamic, positive environment where all employees feel valued in their role, and are comfortable and confident in bringing their whole self to work every day.
Crown’s diversity and inclusion strategy focuses on people and encompasses several programs including the Indigenous Employment Program, CROWNability, Crown Pride and Gender Equity.
Crown’s award-winning Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is designed to make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. To date our Indigenous Employment Program has helped over 850 Indigenous Australians find employment at Crown Resorts and we are well on our way to reaching our target of 2,000 job opportunities.
The 2019 financial year has seen Crown’s Indigenous employees celebrated through showcasing success stories of personal and career achievements. Crown continues to collaborate with external organisations and businesses to ensure our impact extends beyond direct employment; building meaningful relationships in reaching the Indigenous community, education and business sectors through engagement, training and sourcing opportunities.
Crown is proud that Kurt Fearnley AO, an Australian Paralympic gold medallist, continues to represent Crown as the CROWNability ambassador. A finalist in Australian of the Year 2018, Kurt is tireless in his promotion of positive attitudes towards disability and opportunities for people with disability and Crown is honoured that he is associated with this important program.
Launched in 2014, CROWNability is an employment program that provides people with disability an opportunity to build an employment pathway within Crown. The vision for CROWNability is to create an experience of access and inclusion for all. The goals of the program are to: increase the participation of people with disability in Crown through employment opportunities; build meaningful careers; and build a disability confident organisation. Working proactively with industry partners and stakeholders, CROWNability has provided job opportunities for more than 480 people with disability, whilst maintaining a 68% retention rate.
Crown’s commitment to an inclusive community continues to progress through the development of the Crown Pride Action Plan. Supported by an established LGBTIQ+ Steering Committee framework and built on a foundation of positive Australian Workplace Equality Index results and in partnership with Pride in Diversity, the development of the Crown Pride Network represents the next significant step in delivering a workplace where Crown employees can confidently and comfortably bring their whole selves to work.
Crown has worked diligently to progress Gender Equity, including through its membership of both the national Male Champions of Change program and Western Australia’s CEOs for Gender Equity. Crown’s first Gender Action Plan (GAP) will be published in 2019, which strengthens its longstanding commitment to Gender Equity. Crown’s GAP focusses on five key themes designed to make a positive impact on our employees; Attraction & Retention, Promotion, Development, Flexibility and Cultural Change & Communication.
In November 2018, Crown extended its domestic violence support to employees though uncapped paid leave for full-time and part-time employees experiencing domestic violence and uncapped unpaid leave for casual employees.
Crown’s work in Gender Equity also presented an opportunity to expand its program to support employees in their personal lives. In February 2018, the Family Support Network launched at Crown, and further network events were held during the 2019 financial year. Crown Melbourne’s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Employee Network is also currently developing a strong framework to further support Crown employees from varying backgrounds.