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International Women's Day 2024: An Inclusive Environment

Celebrating International Women's Day in 2024's key theme: #InspireInclusion
 
Through their actions and words, our community and team have inspired us all to embrace just this. To uncover what this means in our daily lives, we asked some of our FRANKIE4 team what an inclusive environment looks likes to them.

International Women's Day 2024

AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

Celebrating International Women's Day in 2024's key theme: #InspireInclusion
 
Through their actions and words, our community and team have inspired us all to embrace just this. To uncover what this means in our daily lives, we asked some of our FRANKIE4 team what an inclusive environment looks likes to them.
WHAT DO YOU THINK AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT LOOKS LIKE?

"I believe inclusivity is not just a goal, but a fundamental necessity for our organisation. It is about fostering a culture where every individual feels valued, respected and empowered to contribute their perspective and shine in their role. At FRANKIE4 we are on the mission to always be improving, and as our business continues to grow, we will continue to create spaces where everyone feels safe to be their authentic selves, regardless of their background, identity or beliefs.

Mutual respect, collaboration, fairness and equality, and a sense of belonging are key to an inclusive environment. As CEO, I am committed to championing inclusivity at every level of our orgnaisation, because I know that our people are the key to our success now and into the future."

HILARY MCMILLAN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

THOUGHTS FROM OUR RETAIL TEAM

"Being in a safe environment where you can be your genuine self. Being accepted for who you are no matter what your background is. An environment where opportunities are open to everyone, and your talents and skills speak for you!”

MAO FOLAU, RETAIL MULTI SITE STORE MANAGER  

"Getting along with everyone and getting support from your manager—communication is so important. Appreciate your colleagues and workplace.”

JENNY RUUD, RETAIL SALES ASSISTANT

"People all of religions, nationalities, genders and orientations working together in a friendly environment.”

MARINA MAZEPA, RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE

"I think an inclusive environment looks like true acceptance—to be who you are, and feel- heard, seen and understood."

CAREY SUE, RETAIL ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER

"When everyone accepts each other for who they are. Looking beyond the stereotype of what normal is. A place where people care for each other and are truly interested in them and what they love.”

STELLA SIEMERING, RETAIL MULTI SITE STORE MANAGER

"An inclusive environment to me is one where anyone can be heard. From casuals to our execs, we all have something to share, and it should be welcomed."

Connecting within a meeting setting is often where people can quickly feel excluded. Leaders across all organisational levels should be mindful of their presence and inclusivity, ensuring to foster an environment where everyone feels valued.

LEANNE PATRONE, DIRECTOR OF RETAIL AND CUSTOMER CARE  

OUR TEAM DEFINES AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

“A physical and mental space that fosters, champions, and celebrates women. A space that encourages exploration of our individual and shared experiences. To embolden us to use our voice, to harness our unique skills that allow us to be proud and confident.”

ISABELLE DIELEMANS, LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER  

"Inclusion feels like welcoming and embracing differences. We all live such unique, individual lives and when that is recognized and celebrated by a company, that is incredible! To me, in a work environment, embracing differences feels like prioritizing open and safe communication, having a range of voices in the room making decisions, being flexible and accommodating, and not shying away from praise and recognition!"

KATIE GULLICKSON, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

"Harmonious. You have an immediate understanding of the environment you're in and whether or not people feel seen, heard and respected. And open space for collaboration without forcefulness and bias.”

ALYCE FITZGERALD, SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

"An inclusive environment is one where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. It's a place where diversity is celebrated, not just tolerated, and where everyone has equal opportunities for growth and success. In an inclusive environment, there is open communication, active listening, and a genuine commitment to understanding and addressing the needs and concerns of all individuals, regardless of their background, identity, or abilities.”

DIMITY EDWARDS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF BRAND  

"Aside from a shared, fundamental belief in equality, an inclusive environment is where these frameworks are meaningfully baked into the structure of a business.

As evidenced by the recent gender pay gap findings in Australia, inequality is systemic and it's insufficient to simply hold these values in organisations, they need to be considered and reflected in policy.

This looks like fair, transparent, and standardised salary processes, compassionate and realistic maternity leave, and clear expectations for the language and conduct that is tolerated.”

JESSICA SKINNER, DIRECTOR OF ECOMMERCE AND MARKETING  

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