Supporting the community, Komatsu has signed on as the official partner of the men’s and women’s Perth Scorchers cricket teams for the 2022-23 Big Bash League.
Through heightening awareness and supporting one of the leading sport teams on the western coast, Komatsu is bringing apprenticeship and career opportunities to Western Australians.
Extending the pre-existing partnership with the Scorchers, Komatsu will once again feature on the uniform of the team, seeking to heighten the connection of the construction equipment company with the fans of the team.
Employing over 3,400 people with workplace diversity, innovation, health and safety and corporate social responsibility being key drivers for the business, Komatsu has plans to further support communities and provide equal employment opportunities.
WA regional general manager of Komatsu Australia, Glenn Swift, spoke on the benefits of the partnership and how it reinforces Komatsu’s commitment to becoming a leading advocate of diversity, inclusion, and equality.
“With 45 years’ history operating in Western Australia, Komatsu is proud to be once again partnering with the Perth Scorchers as they represent Western Australia as the champions of both the Women’s Big Bash League and the Big Bash League,” Swift said.
“Komatsu’s partnership with the Women’s and Men’s Scorchers teams reflects our focus on developing a diverse workforce and forms a key element of our apprentice mentoring program, as these amazing women and men cricketers inspire the next generation of Komatsu’s team,” he said.
“Komatsu is known in our industry for developing our people to be the best they can be, so it makes sense that we partner with the Scorchers who share these values.”
The partnership makes up one of the many efforts and contributions that Komatsu has made to local communities, with previous support ranging from a three-year sponsorship with the Queensland Lions Football Club to sponsoring the Komatsu Challenge Series for women’s cricket.
Reinforcing their values in the community, Komatsu has a vested interest in diversifying talent at all levels in the company, to broaden and benefit the communities where Komatsu employees work.
With a strong, active role in the community, Komatsu has additionally put into effect the ‘Say again?’ campaign in workplaces, an initiative to call out inappropriate comments and behaviour.
Large Employer of the Year
According to Swift, ongoing training and learning opportunities within the Komatsu team are structured to not just allow the company to work better as a global team, but also to better serve the diverse customer base within Australia.
“This commitment,” he said, “also includes providing equity and equal opportunity to all members of the Komatsu team.”
This commitment to training, recruitment and equal opportunity, has recently seen Komatsu be named as ‘Large Employer of the Year’ in the October 2022 NSW Training Award, with the company recognised for its focus on innovative apprentice training and employee recruitment methods.
This award comes off of the back of the Apprentice Intake Open Day held by Komatsu on 6 July. The event was an opportunity for new and prospective hires to speak to current apprentices and staff from Komatsu, as well as tour the facilities and better understand the work being done by the company.
There are plans for future collaborations to tie together Scorchers’ fans and Komatsu’s customers, with a draw in the works to win a Scorchers’ jersey and hat when spending 500 dollars or more in the online Komatsu parts portal. •