Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:31

Dropbox joins initiative on diversity in workplace

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Dropbox has partnered with Diverse City Careers (DCC) in an initiative to encourage diversity amongst Australian workplaces.

Through the partnership, Dropbox and DCC hope to help women enter industry sectors with traditionally low female participation and pursue rewarding careers.

The initiative will see DCC receive ongoing support from Dropbox of their work in raising awareness about diversity and inclusion in Australia through educational events, campaigns, webinars and free resources.

DCC is a social enterprise helping women pursue rewarding careers, particularly in sectors with high gender inequality rates.

Charlie Wood, Managing Director of Dropbox ANZ, said that working with DCC aligns with Dropbox’s local and international efforts to attract and retain top women and minority talent in the workforce.

“We want to be a company where Dropboxers from any background can build a career they love. That’s why we’re committed to building a team with diverse perspectives focused on creating innovative products that are used by more than 400 million people around the world. We’re working hard to minimise unconscious bias in the workplace by changing how we recruit, retain and promote employees with unique life experiences."

Dropbox joins DCC’s list of pre-qualified companies championing action and change against these figures by creating supportive environments for women across a wide range of industries, including global professional services company Accenture, which has also been announced today as a supporting partner of the program.

Other DCC endorsed companies include: PwC, IBM, EMC, Curtin University, Minter Ellison, Origin Energy, Cue Clothing, and ThoughtWorks.

“Accenture are proud to support DCC in their efforts to encourage diversity and equality in Australian workplaces. The diversity of our people is a key differentiator and critical for innovation.  We welcome this opportunity to support and encourage more women to pursue rewarding careers particularly in industries with typically low female participation such as technology,” said Jordan Griffiths, Accenture Australia Inclusion & Diversity Lead.

“We’re absolutely humbled by the amount of support we’ve received both from the industry and the community since DCC’s inception,” said Gemma Lloyd, DCC co-founder. Diversity and inclusion are becoming a key focus with more and more companies, which is fantastic to see.”

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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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