June is a particularly significant month to highlight the importance of LGBTQIA+ history, rights, culture and community. 53 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place on the streets of New York City, which galvanised a political movement responsible for huge human rights changes across the world. In light of the current discrimination against trans rights worldwide, and in line with the L’Oréal Human Rights and Employee Human Rights policies, it is important that we stand behind the progressive LGBTQIA+ rights here in Australia and New Zealand, while also recognising the need to address lingering challenges.
L'Oréal's global sense of purpose is to Create the Beauty that Moves the World. As our sense of purpose calls out, beauty is a powerful force that moves us, and for many people, beauty gives them the confidence to express who they are. Makeup and the LGBTQIA+ community have a long-standing relationship, one that began long before L’Oréal was established over 100 years ago, with cosmetics being used as both a tool of self-expression and for some, an armour.
We are always looking at ways we can develop our culture to make sure all employees are able to thrive regardless of who you are, where you come from, what you believe in or who you love. This starts with creating a supportive environment in our workplace through our Pride Committee and Pride Network and partnering with organisations like Midsumma and the Pinnacle Foundation.
L’Oréal Proud is all about Support, Inclusivity, Diversity, Celebration and Expression, and we are extremely proud of our LGBTQIA+ community. Pride Week is an important opportunity to recognise that there is always more to do to champion diversity and inclusivity in all its forms - and a reminder that we all can be part of this change.
Pinnacle Foundation Dinner
On Wednesday the 7th of June, we had the honour of hosting a cocktail event for the second consecutive year, aimed at raising funds for our partner, the Pinnacle Foundation. The evening proved to be an exceptional occasion as we had the privilege of listening to a panel of Pinnacle Scholars, who graciously shared their personal journeys and how the scholarship from the foundation positively influenced both their educational pursuits and personal development. We were also graced by the presence of the renowned Drag Queen Fembot, who delivered a captivating performance and hosted an entertaining session of drag bingo.