Elastomers Australia honoured as Leader in Diversity and Inclusion

Elastomers Australia was proud to be named the 2022 Leader in Diversity and Inclusion at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.

The award is given in recognition for the significant efforts the company has placed on supporting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive culture.

Over the past three years, Elastomers Australia has implemented a range of initiatives to promote the values of diversity and inclusivity, overseen by the company’s ESG Committee. The focus has been on educating the team and encouraging organisation-wide acceptance and continual improvement. 

Elastomers Australia Human Resources Manager Sarah Homsi said: “When we talk about diversity and inclusion, we are referring to mutual respect and acceptance, and to ensuring everyone within the organisation and with whom we interact through the course of our work feels comfortable and accepted.

“In many ways, it’s something that comes naturally as diversity and inclusion have always been part of Elastomers Australia’s core values.

“At the time of applying, we didn’t realise just how much we were already doing in this space but it’s great to get some formal recognition.”

Elastomers Australia General Manager Business Solutions Pat Caputo said he was thrilled for the company.

“This is the first year the Diversity and Inclusion category has been included in the awards, so it is truly an honour to the business and our people,” Pat said.

“A big shout out to our HR team and ESG committee, which have played significant roles in the outcome of our nomination and overall commitment to the company and people. But this is recognition of the entire team and the work that everyone has collectively put in.”

Pat said Elastomers Australias’ people had always been seen for who they were and how their beliefs and attitudes aligned to the company’s core values.

“The company’s strong stance on diversity and inclusion, a true testament of the team ‘walking the talk’ setting Elastomers Australia apart as industry leaders in this space,” Pat said.

“We are excited for what the future will bring and already planning out the next six months with new targets.”

Sarah said the next focus for the company would be team building and helping people to embrace their unique traits and attributes that would best assist their development as leaders.



Learning to walk the talk

While a downturn in the job market for engineers was at first a cloud over the career ambitions of a newly graduated Pat Caputo, it became the silver lining that has led to a multi-decade career with Elastomers Australia.