Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Advisory Committee

The Inclusion, Equality & Diversity Committee is a brand new ARA committee established in 2021.

The ARA’s newly formed Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Advisory Committee exists to shape the retail industry by advancing diversity, equality, and inclusion with aligned priorities and visible achievements.  

Comprising retail industry leaders wishing to publicly commit to advancing this agenda, the committee will shape an industry response and achieve visible and impactful priorities to improve diversity and inclusion by: 

  • Defining an authentic vision for diversity and inclusion across the retail industry and agree specific priorities to commit to 

  • Taking a public stance on social issues that impact employees, customers and the community through collective and individual leadership action 

  • Work as a united leadership group to implement progressive, powerful and lasting change across the retail landscape 


The committee will officially form at its inaugural meeting in early 2021. 


Elise Sharpley

Partner, Deloitte


Natasha Stott-Despoja AO

Participating Retailers include:

CostCo, Kmart, 7-Eleven, Officeworks, Bunnings, Cotton On, Mecca, The Iconic and many more 




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