Equality at Lion


Creating a place where everyone can be the best they can be. Our Inclusion & Diversity strategy focuses on: Inclusive culture; Gender Equity; Cultural Diversity & Age diversity.

Lion has been recognized by the Australian Governments Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the last 3 years. We are also one of the founding members of the NZ GenderTick, an accreditation process that looks at the key aspects of your culture, policies and procedures in relation to gender equality. Having closed the gender pay gap at Lion in 2016, we’ve taken action to keep it that way while setting other stretch targets, including a company gender goal of 50:50 by 2026. 


We have been recognised for our efforts & initiatives to deliver equality in our workplace & for our people for many years now:

Gold Champion winner – YWCA Equal Pay Awards NZ, November 2017

Lion CEO Stuart Irvine becomes a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador, October 2017

Work-Life Balance category winner- Diversity Works NZ, August 2017.

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 a corporate partner of National Association of Women in Operations, the peak body championing women in operations.
  • 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.