Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)

Fostering an inclusive environment 

We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the experiences, backgrounds and perspectives of our employees are valued and respected. Our intent is to reflect the diverse communities in which we operate, empowering employees to thrive and reach their full potential.

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Empowering employees

Our DE&I vision is to build and promote a diverse workforce committed to sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment, and empowering all employees to reach their full potential, live our core values and feel a sense of belonging.

DEI Council

Global DE&I Council

Our Global DE&I Council brings together senior leaders from different backgrounds, locations and teams to guide action on our DE&I strategy and advocate inclusive practices and leadership. 

Our focus

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Inclusive leadership

To embed behaviours and language that reflect our core values and support a one ALS culture. Embracing an inclusive culture across the organization enables us to create a greater sense of belonging for all. Colleagues participate in unconscious bias training upon joining ALS, and inclusive leadership principles are embedded in our leadership programs. We are in the process of developing Inclusive Leadership training for all ALS team members, which will be launched in 2024.

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To achieve greater gender equality for all and increase the representation of women in leadership. RISE is our Global Gender Employee Resource Group (ERG), which has our Executive General Manager (Commodity Inspection) and General Manager (APAC Life Sciences) as their Executive Sponsors. Our Global RISE ERG aims to advance gender equality, celebrate diversity days of significance, and actively advocate for greater diversity, equity and inclusion at ALS.

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To enhance awareness and support for colleagues living with disability (both physical and hidden). Our disability inclusion efforts include promoting awareness and support for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. We are currently exploring external disability memberships options to support with our disability inclusion strategies and initiatives.

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To provide a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for our LGBTQ+ colleagues, BESIDE is our Global LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), which has our Chief Information Officer as its Executive Sponsor. BESIDE ERG aims to foster an empowered and inclusive community, advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and promote active allyship. Colleagues are encouraged to complete a ‘Foundations of LGBTQ+ Inclusion’ training module to raise awareness and advance LGBTQ+ inclusion across ALS. We are also a member of Pride in Diversity, a leading external LGBTQ+ organization, to help inform and progress our LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts.

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Regional priorities

As ALS operates in over 65 countries around the world, we recognize that each region in which we operate is unique and we tailor our DE&I priorities where possible. Regional areas of focus include First Nations, Culture and Heritage. We will also be establishing a DE&I regional champions network, which will consist of individuals who coordinate and promote activities for diversity days of significance that are specific to that country and/or region.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Integral to building an inclusive culture and thriving business

ALS currently has RISE, which is our Gender ERG and BESIDE, which is our LGBTQ+ ERG.
Our 2023-2024 RISE ERG plans include events to celebrate International Women’s Day. “Pride of Diversity” will be BESIDE ERG's signature event, to be held annually during Pride Month in June. Pride of Diversity will be a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity, aimed at fostering inclusion, raising awareness, and promoting allyship within our ALS and beyond.


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29 FEB 2024