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BaptistCare recognised for its success as an inclusive employer

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14 November 2022

News | BaptistCare

BaptistCare NSW & ACT is proud to have been recognised by Diversity Council Australia as an inclusive employer, one of only 30 employers to have been acknowledged for its achievements in 2022-2023.

BaptistCare CEO Charles Moore said the organisation, with a workforce of 3700, is thrilled to be recognised.

“Our passionate and hardworking staff across our aged care and community services teams speak 56 languages and come from more than 69 different cultural backgrounds.”

“We also have staff who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ+, and who live with a disability.”

“We are blessed to be so diverse, and we celebrate this wholeheartedly,” he said.

Diversity Council Australia (DCA) has been tracking the state of inclusion in the Australian workforce and DCA members since 2017 through its Inclusive Employers Index.

An inclusive organisation is defined as one where employees trust their organisation to treat them fairly, feel diversity is valued and respected, and report that top leaders demonstrate a visible and genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

BaptistCare is among a growing number of organisations that appreciate that inclusion is beneficial for employers and employees.

DCA reports that employees who work in an inclusive organisation are four times less likely to experience discrimination and/or harassment, eight times more likely to be innovative and four times more likely to provide excellent customer service.

It’s clear a commitment to diversity also makes good business sense. As a leading care provider, for BaptistCare this means recognising and celebrating diversity as well as what unifies staff.

“Despite our uniqueness, we also have much in common, including our shared values that are lived out through the care we show for our residents, clients, tenants, and each other daily,” said Mr Moore.

In Australia’s tight labour market and with employers saying it is difficult to fill roles, making workplaces more inclusive is a proven way to attract and retain workers.

More and more employers are not only looking at diversity but looking to make the most of both diversity and inclusion.

To be deemed eligible as an Inclusive Employer 2022-2023, participating DCA members must invite at least 60% of their employees to participate in DCA’s Inclusive Employer Index Assessment, where they provide detailed responses about their experience of inclusion at work.