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 2015-2016 (Australia) here.

See examples of diversity at BlueScope in our 2015 BlueScope People Report, or download a copy here.

Here are some examples of diversity at work at BlueScope:

Scholarship supports indigenous students

Shai Thompson is the inaugural recipient of the BlueScope Indigenous Scholarship in Business, which has been established to support an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student studying undergraduate business at University of Sydney.

Shai is now pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the Business School, majoring in Human Resource Management.

“I am honoured to receive this scholarship,” says Shai. “I chose to study at the University of Sydney Business School because of its great reputation, and because it’s always been a dream of mine to study there. I did everything I could to make that happen and now I am here.”

To qualify for the BlueScope scholarship, candidates were asked to demonstrate academic ability, leadership potential, extracurricular activities and community involvement. In addition to providing financial assistance for her three year degree, the scholarship offers Shai the opportunity to work at BlueScope during the university holidays.

“I can't thank the University enough for their support, and I thank BlueScope for its great generosity and the opportunity I have received.”

The scholarship is in line with BlueScope’s goal to actively foster a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Changing the game

BlueScope has formed a partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to establish ‘Change the Game,’ an innovative program which sees 10 BlueScope ANZ employees matched with 10 elite champion female athletes for mutual learning and development.

Change the Game supports BlueScope's diversity strategy – to foster a talented workforce of diverse opinion, gender, background, education, culture, experience and beliefs.

The aim is that BlueScope participants will see how athletes pursue elite performance and overcome setbacks, while the athletes will learn how their skills can apply to business with a view to how they manage their career after retiring from sport.

The 10 pairs of BlueScope employees and athletes will arrange regular contact throughout the year.

The female athletes are from 10 different sports and include Olympians, Commonwealth Games medallists, world champions, Para-athletes and emerging international talent. They are not only successful in the sporting arena, but have demonstrated a well-rounded approach to study, work and the pursuit of excellence.

A new take on recruitment

Struggling to find electrical and mechanical technicians locally in Delta, Ohio, North Star BlueScope Steel expanded its search to members of the US Navy's nuclear program, where skilled technicians operate, control and maintain the state-of-the-art components that power Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. Now, more than 25 per cent of North Star BlueScope Steel's 360 employees are military veterans. They have proven to be a great fit for the business and a number of them have been promoted to new roles in the Company.

 

Dedication to detail and excellence

At Lysaght Sarawak, BlueScope Malaysia's Borneo business, a team of five operators shows enormous dedication and attention to detail in delivering business results, and our customers benefit from the high standards of excellence shown by this team.

The team members - with an average length of service of more than 11 years - perform roles that are not traditionally held by women in many cultures, including Borneo. These women are fitters and machine operators who operate and inspect TRIMDEK®, LITEDEK® and crimp-curve machines, fabricate roofing accessories, and pack and despatch finished products. The team leader also records raw material details for production.