Senior Partnerships Adviser
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has today announced the list of 2015 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders.
Ninety diverse organisations nationwide have received the citation, which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Trends among this year’s recipients include:
- measurement and disclosure of like for like and company-wide gender pay gaps
- enhanced caring provisions for men including paid parental leave
- strategic focus on flexibility
- targeted approach to succession and recruitment for critical roles
- enhanced efforts to shift organisational culture towards outcomes-based working rather than hours spent at the desk.
WGEA Director Libby Lyons said the initiatives demonstrated by this year’s EOCGE recipients showed that more employers were taking a sophisticated and whole-of-organisation approach to supporting women and men’s equal participation at all levels of the workplace.
“Employers increasingly understand and value the benefits of having a diverse workforce for organisational culture and business performance,” said Ms Lyons.
“I congratulate all of the 2015 citation holders for their initiative and commitment. These employers are at the frontline of driving positive change as they set the gold standard for inclusive workplaces.”
Despite more rigorous criteria, there has been an increase in EOCGE recipients from 76 in 2014.
This year’s applicants were required to consult with employees to demonstrate that gender equality initiatives translated into lived experience.
2015 EOCGE citation holders range from small professional services firms to very large organisations including universities and banks.
“The spread of industries and organisational size in this year’s list of citation holders is very encouraging and highlights growing awareness of the value of taking a strategic and systematic approach to gender diversity,” said Ms Lyons.
“It’s especially encouraging that more organisations are looking for ways to actively support women and men to balance their caring responsibilities while also pursuing their careers.”
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