Inclusion & Diversity IBM
Australia & New Zealand

At IBM, we understand that in order for us to help make the world work better, we need a constant flow of innovative ideas. We also know that these innovative ideas will only happen if we have an inclusive and diverse workforce. Our inclusion and diversity strategies directly support our business objectives, values and practices.

We have relied on innovation and diversity of thought for a long time, and it's helped us change industries, revolutionise business and even land on the moon. In this new era of Cognitive business, inclusion and diversity are even more important than ever. It's an integral part of our make-up and from the very top down, considered essential to our future success. It's the way we've always done business, and it's the way we will continue to do business in the future.

IBM A Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion & Diversity Focus Areas

Women at IBM

Discover how we accelerate women's careers at IBM.

People with Disability

Find out about our various initiatives to support people with disability.


Read about what we have done to encourage and support LGBTI.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

Find out what we are doing to support Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Maori & Pasifika

Find out what we are doing to support te reo and te ao.

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At IBM, women lead the way

Successful women are part of our legacy. Here at IBM, you'll find innovative leadership programs to help accelerate your career, and many more opportunities to develop new skills and contribute to the advancement of your field. IBM is committed to gender equity from Board level down. We offer second to none workplace flexibility and, as you grow within the company, we will work with you to accommodate your changing needs as best we can.

Femme in Stem
Our Femme in Stem program invites high school and university students to experience IBM’s Design Thinking Workshop methodology and showcases the multitude of STEM career paths available at IBM.

EXITE Camps for Girls
EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering) Camps are an IBM initiative to help fuel young girls' interest in taking science and maths classes throughout high school. We help them understand how rewarding technology and engineering careers can be and how they offer opportunities to be creative, to become a leader and to give back to the community.

A Day In The Life Of Lysa Banks, Lead Architect for Industry Cloud Solutions
A Day In The Life Of Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Mobile Software Engineer
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People with Disability

IBM is committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive workplace for people with disability. With four million Australians and one million New Zealanders identifying as having a disability, IBM recognises this as a large talent pool from which to attract and recruit a diverse range of skills and experience. IBM has a centralised reasonable accommodations budget and encourages all potential and existing employees to seek accommodations if required, to enable them to compete equitably during the recruitment and selection process and to ensure they can maximise their career potential. IBM is a world leader in ensuring that all of our premises are fully accessible for all abilities.

A/NZ Diversability is an IBM Business Resource Group of volunteer IBMers focused on promoting and improving diversity of IBM with the integration of employees with disabilities in their workplace. Their mission is achieved through increasing awareness and ensuring equal opportunity and access exists within IBM for employees with disabilities.

Australian Network on Disability (AND) IBM is a proud founding member of AND, a not-for-profit organisation resourced by its members to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.

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We know that all employees, including those in the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) community, can only reach their full potential if they feel comfortable, valued and included – and it is safe for them to be out at work.

IBM's Inclusion & Diversity policies have included references to sexual orientation for over 20 years. IBM was one of the very first companies in the world to do this, and continues to lead the way by creating an atmosphere where LGBTI+ employees are not just valued, but empowered to think freely and to be themselves.

IBM celebrates Pride Month with the LGBT Community

EAGLE Diversity Networking Group
EAGLE is IBM’s Employee Alliance for employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and their supporters. EAGLE promotes a safe and open working environment, both at IBM and in the community through providing mentoring, social networking and support. EAGLE also encourages close links to external community groups through volunteering business skills and time to a wide variety of LGBTI initiatives and programs. IBMers who are not part of the LGBTI community are encouraged to become visible LGBTI+ allies.

Pride in Diversity
IBM was a founding member of Pride in Diversity - Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) employees. We were proud to become Pride in Diversity's first Platinum Partner.

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

IBM acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of our lands.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We thank them for upholding the cultures and traditions of Australia’s First Peoples.

IBM is current working on our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as we begin our reconciliation journey. It is an important milestone in our business and will set the direction for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement strategy.

In our RAP we have committed to promoting cultural understanding with our employees, increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and driving reconciliation and inclusion across our business. We will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and grow partnerships that benefit their communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold a unique position as the Original Custodians of our country. IBM is proud to be contributing to the reconciliation of all Australian peoples.

Maori & Pasifika

There has been a massive resurgence and interest in Māori language and culture in recent years as New Zealanders embrace and celebrate their unique cultural heritage.

We know that te reo is New Zealand’s future – not just the past. IBMers are embracing Māori language classes courtesy of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Auckland University of Technology and are actively looking for ways to weave Māori words into their everyday lexicon.

Each year, IBMers proudly participate in the ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ parade in Auckland and Wellington and our Māori and Pasifika Employee Resource Group is passionate about promoting Māori and Pasifika culture throughout our business.

‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ parade - Auckland

‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ parade - Auckland