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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

What we stand for

Aquent is an equal opportunity employer. We believe an inclusive environment—where different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued—is critical to ensuring everyone can contribute, grow their careers, and thrive. We also believe that diversity goes beyond race and gender. Diversity includes things that are visible and those that are not. It's a person's age, status, ability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, and so much more. These differences help foster a more progressive workplace. We embrace them all.


Awards Recognition

Aquent is the 2024 Winner of the RCSA excellence in diversity, inclusivity, equity, and belonging award
2024 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Winner

We've won the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging award at the 2024 RCSA Recruitment Industry Awards and we couldn't be more proud. 

APSCo Australia awards for excellence - 2023 Winner of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Winner

We are beyond thrilled to share the news that Aquent Australia won the 2023 APSCo Australia Awards for Excellence for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Talent International recruitment awards

2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Finalist

Aquent Australia was nominated as a Finalist in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category of the 2023 Recruitment International TIARA Awards

Here's how we're taking action.

Recruiting

  • Developed ongoing audit of the full recruitment life cycle.
  • Expanding diversified talent networks and pipelines.
  • Offering unbiased anonymised resumes.
  • Creating gender-neutral job descriptions.
  • Created a guide for our recruiters to post inclusive job ads
  • Reinforcing interview best practices.
  • Ensuring pay parity and equity for all employees.
  • Developed three guides for hiring managers to take action on diversity, equity and inclusion in their workplaces.
  • Developed a guide to help hiring managers assess the risks and advantages of integrating AI tools into their hiring process to build a more diverse workplace.
  • Implemented traditional place names on all our digital assets including our job ads

Reconciliation Action Plan

  • We are engaged with Reconciliation Australia to implement the second stage of our four-part Reconciliation Action Plan, “Innovate”. The first stage, ‘Reflect', was approved in 2021.
  • Our Reconciliation Action Plan outlines our commitment to exploring how we can create and integrate initiatives in our business that will lead us to build effective relationships with, and identify opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the digital and creative industries throughout Australia. Some of our initiatives include:
  • Supporting significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events throughout the year such as Reconciliation Week and  NAIDOC Week.
  • Supported the Voice to Parliament referendum.
  • Helping our clients recruit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander digital specialists.
  • Sharing educational and significant content with our community to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Promoting positive race relations through anti-discrimination strategies.
  • Increasing understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning.

Education


Community

  • Raised over $110,000 in contributions to social justice organizations including more than $66,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
  • Donations and support for charities through events, surveys, workplace giving, and donation matching such as Beyond Blue, Bridging The Gap Foundation, Deaf Victoria; Mallee Accommodation Support Program, BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation; McGrath Foundation; and the Moriarty Foundation.
  • Formed Employee Resource Groups for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and working parents and allies.
  • Giving time off to vote in local, state, and national elections.
  • Awarding Designing For Good grants that help bring creative ideas to life for nonprofits.
  • Creating an Aquent Cookbook with nearly 90 recipes celebrating the diversity of Aquent's multicultural employees in a simple and playful way.
  • Sharing talent art from creators of color or that celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion across our social media platforms.
  • Providing free, real-time market salary data to the public through our Compare My Salary Tool.
  • Engaging in candid conversations as part of the Voices of Aquent series that explores topics involving diverse groups of employees at Aquent including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and working parents and allies.
  • Ensuring that the events we run and participate in includes diverse speakers and are accessible to everyone, including providing Auslan interpreters and closed captions.
  • Giving each Aquent employee, two ‘Make It Matter' days per year to choose a charity of their choice to volunteer their time to help others.

A commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is in our DNA.

As an organization, we have been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion from day one, and we're now formalising our approach and building it into every aspect of our company. We've formed employee-led Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Councils in every country we work in to help drive this work forward. We're holding ourselves accountable to create a better future, assess our progress, and identify opportunities to continuously improve.