Diversity of thinking and having access to the deepest talent pool possible is critical to ANZ’s super regional strategy and our future success. Our CEO and Chair of the Diversity Council, Mike Smith, has made a commitment to champion the issue of women’s participation in the workforce. He will lead the establishment of a Melbourne chapter of the Male Champions for Change program and has opened the door to other companies to work together to tackle some of the obvious barriers, including accessibility of affordable childcare.
A key component of our diversity strategy is to enable our female employees to contribute fully, to achieve outstanding business results and to build successful careers at ANZ.
Organisations that are employers of choice for women have access to a larger talent pool, are well positioned to represent the needs of customers and communities and understand the direct link between a higher proportion of women in top management and increased profitability.
We have invested significantly over many years to develop an organisational culture that enables and promotes the advancement of women at ANZ. As we continue to pursue our super-regional strategy, we are committed to ensuring that ANZ managers and executives appropriately reflect the diversity of our internal population and customer base, in turn enabling our business to break into new markets and maximise new business opportunities.
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Some of ANZ's key initiatives include:
|ANZ Gender Action Network|
ANZ’s Gender Action Network connects people who are passionate about gender diversity and prepared to turn this passion into personal action to increase the representation of women at ANZ.
The Gender Action Network is defined by its focus on activism and providing support, primarily for people managers, both male and female. All existing Network members have pledged to take action to establish gender diversity within their own teams and encourage their colleagues and leaders across ANZ to do the same.
Gender Action Networks currently exist in Australia, New Zealand and India and discussions are underway to establish more formal networks throughout our region. Kathleen Bailey-Lord, is the sponsor of the Gender Action Network and is a keen advocate for tapping into the passion and commitment of middle-level managers across ANZ to help us better understand, attract, develop and retain women.
“I’m a strong believer that a diverse workplace delivers better outcomes for our people and our customers.”
“To be truly customer-centric we need to understand all of our customers. Likewise, if we are to be competitive across all our markets, we need to tap into the full talent pool available to us,” says Kathleen who is also the Group General Manager of our Global Shared Services function.
|Mentoring and career development|
Coaching, mentoring and networking are offered through various ANZ programs to help women succeed.
ForWARD (For Women Advancing their Rights and Dreams) assists women who are in pre-management or early management to realise their aspirations of working in senior management at ANZ.
The group is open to and run by both male and female members who are interested in championing gender diversity and creating a supportive networking environment.
ForWARD forums are designed to:
|Male Champions for Change|
Our CEO Mike Smith has joined the ‘Male Champions of Change’ (MCC) program, established by the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick in April 2010.
Through the MCC, leading Australian CEOs and Directors are using their individual and collective influence to ensure the issues of gender equality and women’s representation in leadership are elevated onto the national business agenda.
Mike is working with Commissioner Broderick to establish a Melbourne chapter of the MCC, while also encouraging members of the ANZ team to become ANZ Male Champions for Change.
These new efforts support existing initiatives to promote gender equality across our business, through our recruitment policies, flexible work practices, parental leave entitlements, affinity networks and mentoring programs, commitment to gender pay equity and Group-wide Diversity Council which is chaired by our CEO.
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