at Lion
An inclusive and diverse workplace not only means people feel valued, it helps build an innovative and externally connected Lion with the customer at the heart.

Creating a place where everyone can be the best they can be

With around 5,000 people across 30+ sites, people come to Lion with very different backgrounds and experiences and it’s important to us that everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be, really make a difference and have a great time doing it. Our Inclusion & Diversity strategy focuses on:  Inclusive culture; Gender Equity; Cultural Diversity & Age diversity.

At Lion, we believe in equality and have achieved the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Workplace Gender Equality Agency ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ Citation. We’ve taken the important step of implementing a 50:50 gender balance target by 2026 across all of Lion. In 2016 we closed the gender pay gap across our business in terms of like for like roles and continue to work actively to keep it closed. We’ve launched our Women at Lion Leadership Program, mainstreamed flexible work across the business, and introduced Unconscious Bias training.

Lion CEO Stuart Irvine shares more on how we’re addressing gender equality.

We became a signatory to the Australian Marriage Equality campaign in 2015, have received the Rainbow Tick certification in New Zealand, and are members of Pride in Diversity Australia as an LGBTI Inclusive Employer. Our brands have been visible supporters of the rainbow community through Hahn beer at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and Little Creatures as sponsors of the Australian LGBTI awards.

Our people are actively involved in recognising and celebrating events in the community year-round including: International Women’s Day, Wear It Purple Day, Harmony Day, Equal Pay Day, Maori Language Week and more.

All of this is part of our drive to build an inclusive, diverse and fair place to work.

Stuart Irvine
Lion CEO
Creating gender equality is clearly just the right thing to do. Businesses must avoid ‘group think’ and embrace innovation, which requires diversity of thought. In tackling gender equality, business leaders have a real opportunity to define a new cultural reality that starts within their estate, and spirals outwards into society.
Libby Davidson
Group General Council & External Relations Director
We do it because it’s the right thing to do – and it’s also the right thing for the business. Companies that embrace diversity & inclusion across all aspects of their business consistently outperform their peers.
Matt Tapper
Managing Director, Lion Global Markets
I’m curious about different perspectives and passionate about finding growth for Lion, and believe diverse minds & experiences are the best way to unlock it.

Inclusive culture

We’ve created a place where you can really be yourself. For us it’s not only about the visible differences such as gender, age and cultural background. Our people bring with them different experiences, skills and perspectives. It’s that diversity of thought that challenges our thinking, sparks breakthrough ideas and new ways of working.

Gender Equality

We are about the right people for the right roles and ensuring women that are a part of the Lion team have the encouragement and support to be their best. We have a great range of initiatives in place like our Women at Lion and Women in Drinks mentoring programs, along with policies such as LionFlex and Families at Lion recently introducing domestic violence support. We are committed to being accountable for gender equality and pay equity and that is why we report to our people and communities about our progress.

Our partnerships

We have teamed up with some great external partners who support us to continue to build an inclusive and diverse workforce and workplace.

Lion is a corporate member of Diversity Council Australia, a non profit leading advisor on Inclusion & Diversity in workplaces.
Lion is member of Women in Drinks, designed to educate and empower women in the Drinks Industry.
Lion is a corporate partner of Job Support, focused on placing people with an intellectual disability into the workforce.