Everyone Belongs at Groupon Sydney’s Harmony Day
Harmony Day has grown to become a significant annual day for Australians to come together and celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity. At Groupon, we’re a diverse bunch and inclusiveness and diversity is at the core of what we do. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone and this year, the message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs.
Inclusion and Diversity at Groupon matters. It makes us smarter, leads us to better decisions, and helps us understand the needs of our merchants and customers. We want Groupon to be a great place to work for every employee—a place where people from different backgrounds and experiences feel that they belong and can do their best work to support our mission of becoming the daily habit.
To celebrate, everyone brought a food dish from their cultural heritage. To pay it forward, donations were required to eat and all money was donated to NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy) which is a charity supporting Australia’s Indigenous youth community. NASCA designs programs and workshops aimed at responding to various challenges the Aboriginal community faces by empowering them through educational, sporting, and health programs, and instilling a sense of cultural pride to counteract racism. We also had a special Groupon guest speaker: Cesar Comissi from our National Sales Team spoke about his childhood as a migrant coming to Australia from Peru. He also talked about what his culture means to him and how it has shaped him into the man he is today.
Harmony Day links to our value of Respect, Integrity and Inclusion and solving problems the right way together. It’s because of our backgrounds and life experiences that we have different skills and different views on how to solve problems. It’s always amazing when we get to collaborate with people from different walks of life to solve problems together, as we learn new things which we may not have previously known.
It also links to our Community value, as we have merchants that partner with us from different diverse, cultural backgrounds. We offer culturally diverse deals on our platform including Thai Food, Indian food, Italian food, Lebanese food, Sushi, Thai massages etc. By featuring diverse deals on our platform, we are driving the Community value.