Equality at Lion


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

With close to 7,000 people across 34 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 because it is the right thing to do. It is why we have closed the gender pay gap, mainstreamed flexible work, introduced Unconscious Bias training, publicly supported Marriage Equality in Australia, are Pay Equity Ambassadors and have taken the important step to implement a 50:50 by 2026 gender target across all of Lion.


We have been recognised for our efforts & initiatives to deliver equality in our workplace & for our people.

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.