Disability Works Australia


Luxottica leads the way in human resource initiatives

A special event for the signing of the MOU was attended by the Minister for Employment Participation, Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care and Member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew MP.

In Sydney , 21 August 2008 – Australia 's largest eye care group, Luxottica, has moved to bolster its commitment to build a diverse workplace by being the first company in the optometry sector to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Disability Works Australia.

The Australian Government funds Disability Works Australia to deliver the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator Service (NDRC) to work with large employers, assisting them to recruit people with disabilities. As part of the MOU, Luxottica, where appropriate, will fill both temporary and permanent positions nationally in the organization with people with disabilities recommended by DWA.

Luxottica is part of the Milan-based Luxottica Group, the world's largest eyewear company. In addition to owning 5800 optical and sunglass retail stores in North America , Asia-Pacific, Australasia , China and Europe, Luxottica Group has an unrivalled portfolio of house and licensed brands.

With over 900 stores across the OPSM, Laubman & Pank, Budget Eyewear, Bright Eyes Sunglasses and Sunglass Hut brands, Luxottica is the leading optical retailer in Australia , in addition to having a strong wholesale division to the business.

Chris Beer, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Australasia, SE China & South Africa said: “Luxottica is committed to enhancing its positive work environment by attracting employees from a diverse range of backgrounds and minority groups. Together we recognize and appreciate that each individual has unique abilities which add strength to the business. Signing the MOU is a logical, yet integral part of further improving the workplace environment at Luxottica.”

Tina Zeleznik , Chief Executive Officer of DWA, said: “DWA has already filled temporary positions at Luxottica's head office in Sydney and there are further plans to expand to other sites, including: the EyeBiz lens laboratory; the Luxottica distribution centre; and retail stores. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Luxottica where the organization and its potential staff are sure to benefit.”

This MOU is the latest sign of growing momentum in the Luxottica human resources area and supports the group's commitment to maintaining and escalating its position as an employer of choice.

Minister O'Connor outlined Australian Government planned improvements to make employment services more accessible to employers and more responsive to job seekers.

“This agreement between Luxottica and DWA is an excellent example of how employers can take pro-active steps to give people with disabilities as potential employees to do so now.

Ms McKew welcomed the agreement and said “This MOU will provide significant opportunities for people in Bennelong and means more opportunities for people with disability in society and to reach their full potential. Showcasing employers like Luxottica, who are leading the way in providing flexible and adaptable work opportunities, will help to overcome prejudices and stereotypes often held by employers .”


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