Diversity and Inclusion

At Coles, we start with diversity and we thrive with inclusion. We’re obsessed with building a workplace where everyone is included, feels connected and can belong – and where our team are healthy, happy and can be their authentic selves.

Diversity creates a vibrant workplace, better performing teams and ultimately leads to better customer experiences. But we also know diversity without inclusion is a story of missed opportunities. We’re committed to creating a safe and supportive work environment for all team members regardless of age, disability, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or background. Our team members are at their best when they’re collaborating with different people in a workplace that’s open, fair, curious and accountable.

As part of our Better Together inclusion program, we’ve committed to a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives to be achieved by 2023. The program includes five key pillars – Gender Balance, Indigenous, Accessibility, Pride (LGBTI) and Flexibility. Each pillar has ambitious goals that are supported at the executive and board levels and worked towards by all team members.

Click here to view our 2023 Better Together charter

A commitment to best-practice inclusion

Our awards and memberships recognise our commitment to best-practice inclusion. We’re a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an Australian Network on Disability (AND) Gold member, we’re a member of the Diversity Council of Australia and we support Inclusive Australia – a social movement rooted in behaviour-change science. We strive for best practice through regular external benchmarking and are currently ranked 8th in the Access and Inclusion Index and we hold bronze employer status in the 2020 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

Gender Balance

We’re striving for gender balance and have a goal of 40% representation of women in leadership positions by 2023. We’re already in balance across Coles Group, including at Board level and in our senior leadership group. We’ve worked hard to mainstream flexible working (now more than ever). We’re updating our recruitment processes, looking at how we develop talent and challenging role structures to create a working environment that helps team members thrive.

Indigenous

We’re proud to be Australia’s largest private sector employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we’re not stopping there. We’re continuing to provide more leadership and training opportunities to develop successful careers pathways for our Indigenous team members.

Learn more about Indigenous employment

Click here to view our Indigenous 10 year document

Accessibility

Accessibility is important to us, not just across our stores but all our workplaces and digital platforms. Leaders across our Supermarkets, Liquor and Coles Express complete Disability Confidence Training—and it’s part of our induction program—to make sure we’re offering great service and support to all our team members and customers. We have a gold membership with the Australian Network on Disability, and regularly benchmark our progress against the Access and Inclusion Index, to make sure we keep improving.

Learn more about Disability employment

Click here to view our Accessibility Action Plan

Pride (LGBTI)

No matter your sexual orientation or how you identify, you can be your authentic self when you work with us. Our executive-sponsored team member network, and our commitment to continually striving for best practice in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), means you can come to Coles Group knowing you’ll grow your career, thrive and reach your full potential.

Support for transgender and gender diverse applicants throughout the recruitment process

We welcome applications from the LGBTI community and we recognise that trans and gender diverse applicants may have specific questions throughout the recruitment process. There’s no obligation to disclose your gender identity, however if you choose to share this information, we are here to provide advice and support. Our ‘Pride in Diversity LGBTI+ awareness’ trained Inclusive Recruitment team as well as our Diversity & Inclusion Manager, can work with relevant stakeholders and partners to assist you in navigating the process.

Applicants can contact our Inclusive Recruitment team at inclusionrecruitment@coles.com.au – where you’ll be supported by our Inclusive Recruitment LGBTI lead.

View the support information for trans and gender diverse applicants.

Flexibility

Flexible working improves team member wellbeing, job satisfaction, it enables business continuity and is a leading enabler of inclusion for all. We provide a truly flexible working culture for this reason. Our team members can request to work in ways that suit them and their role, and know they will be supported.

Our team members tell us it’s the people they get to work with, our shared purpose and the sense of community at Coles Group that makes it such a special place to work.

Learn more about Life at Coles Group

No matter where you start within our diverse business, we’ll support you to reach your full potential and set you up for future career success.

Learn more about Learning and Development

Not only is Coles Group a great place to work, there’s excellent rewards and benefits too.

Learn more about Rewards and Benefits

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