A decade of limited change in the representation of females in executive ranks - with improvements at Board level largely driven by changes to ASX guidelines – means more radical efforts are required, according to our CEO Mike Smith.
Launching the 2012 Australian Census of Women in Leadership, Mike Smith said: “While most leaders have long finished arguing the business case, the progression of women into senior leadership positions has stalled and more radical approaches are now required.” The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Census is now in its 10th year.
Mike is also a member of the Male Champions of Change (MCC), a group of 24 CEOs and Board Directors using their influence to ensure the issue of women’s representation in leadership is elevated on the national business agenda.
Following the launch of the Census, the MCCs called for more companies to set targets and report progress on advancing women into leadership positions: “Making these targets and progress against them public … will help Australian businesses to easily identify and replicate effective strategies for advancing women at work.” the CEOs said in a statement.
Our 2012 Progressing Women report outlines our approach and performance over the past five years, together with future priorities. For example: Three women sit on our Management Board (27%), where in 2006 there was none; 24% of our most senior executive positions, 38% of all management roles, and 43% of those within our Australia Division are held by women. In addition, 53% of our 2013 graduate intake and 46% of participants in our Leadership Pathway development programs are women.
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