Diversity

We are a multinational business with a multicultural workforce

At BlueScope, our success comes from our people. We choose to treat each other with trust and respect.

We understand that the range of perspectives that result from having a diverse and inclusive workplace will strengthen BlueScope's capability for continued and sustained business success.

We know that a talented and capable workforce is a competitive advantage.

To build on this advantage we will strive to hire, develop, promote and retain the most qualified people available at all levels - people who reflect the diversity of our customers, markets and the communities in which we operate. This is Our Diversity Commitment.

You can download BlueScope's Diversity Policy here.

You can also view and download BlueScope's Workplace Profile 2016-2017 (Australia) here.

See examples of diversity at BlueScope in our People Report, or download a copy here.

Here are some examples of diversity at work at BlueScope:

Taking the lead on diversity

At BlueScope China, a two day Women Leadership Forum was held to encourage the development of ideas and action plans for embedding diversity in the workforce.  The key theme was that diversity will strengthen BlueScope’s capability for continued and sustained success, and must become part of the way we do business.  At the conclusion of the forum, participants agreed that everyone has a role to play in making diversity a reality. 

The China lead team was actively involved and engaged in the forum, and supports the roll out of the initiatives developed.

Recruitment broadening diversity

BlueScope’s Western Port site in Victoria has taken an innovative approach to recruitment to broaden the diversity of its workforce.  With the reopening of a metal coating line and overall operations ramping up, in the past year over 100 new recruits have been employed at Western Port. The site has partnered with the Brotherhood of St Laurence agency to link to local community job networks and youth employment programs, and support the “Transitions to Employment” program. BlueScope is now working with the Brotherhood of St Laurence to recruit a further round of candidates from the Transitions to Employment Program.

Meanwhile, through a range of initiatives implemented during the year, North Star BlueScope Steel has increased the percentage of women recruited to permanent roles, including operator and trade positions. These initiatives include: a review of shift schedules to help attract and retain the workforce of the future; aligning resources and diversity success stories with BlueScope Buildings North America; an intensive recruiting campaign for Operations team members featuring several North Star women and launched on television and social media; and the launch of an online ‘talent community’ to communicate news and updates, including job openings. In addition, North Star has coordinated ten ‘Great Opportunities for Women’ tour groups to visit the facility and speak to employees, and a number of women from North Star have attended a local ‘Leadership for Women’ conference.

Women in steel

In South Australia, the Women in Steel program is helping attract more women to work in the steel industry.  The program, run in cooperation between BlueScope and tertiary education, employment and government agencies, takes candidates through a selection process and a foundation skills course to prepare them for work in the steel industry.  BlueScope’s expectations on safety and other critical procedures, including bullying and harassment policies, were all built into the course, and this knowledge has helped set candidates up for careers in the industry.

To date four women have joined BlueScope after completing the program, and are now working in a range of operations roles, including working in our sheet-metal trades department.  It is expected that at least four more women will join BlueScope from the second round of the program.

“I’ve been with BlueScope for nearly three months and it’s beyond what I thought it would be,” says Mandy Incourvayar, who is working at Fielders in South Australia.  “The guys I’m working with in my section are excellent.  With what I’m doing, I’ve learnt a lot.”

Continuing to change the game

The second round of Change The Game, BlueScope’s partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport, was launched at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra during 2017.

Change the Game brings together ten elite female athletes and ten BlueScope ANZ employees for mutual learning and development opportunities over a 12 month period. The athletes, from nine different sports, include Olympians, Paralympians, Commonwealth Games medallists, world champions and emerging talent.

The first year of Change the Game was very encouraging for the synergies it showed between the sporting and corporate worlds.  This exciting program will continue to help develop BlueScope’s next generation of leaders into elite performers.  It also supports the Company’s diversity strategy – to foster a talented workforce comprised of diverse opinion, gender, background, education, culture, experience, and beliefs. BlueScope’s emerging leaders who participate in the program have many opportunities to learn from some of Australia’s most talented and elite sportspeople.

 Jawun community partnership

In FY2017 BlueScope entered into a new partnership with Jawun, an indigenous, not-for-profit organisation that aims to build the capacity of Indigenous people and help communities achieve their goals.  Jawun places skilled people from the corporate sector into Indigenous organisations to work with local people on a six week secondment, using their skills and expertise to lead, develop or support specific projects.

In 2017, eight BlueScope employees participated in the program and were based in Alice Springs to work with organisations that service the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands in Australia’s central desert.  The personal development opportunities for BlueScope people include working with diverse teams to deliver tangible results and improving personal effectiveness. On their return from secondment, participants are required to present on the experience and apply what they learned in their own workplace for the benefit of the wider BlueScope community.

The skills and experiences to be gained from participating in the Jawun program are all core to BlueScope employees working to deliver on our strategy. The program also reflects our commitment in Our Bond to our communities.