Chief executives and directors of leading Australian companies are joining forces to elevate the issues of gender equality and women’s representation in leadership.
In ‘Our experiences in elevating the representation of women in leadership’, ANZ chief executive Mike Smith and business leaders from 14 other Australian companies share their own experiences, and lessons learned, in creating and benefiting from more gender balanced businesses.
The business leaders, collectively known as 'Male Champions of Change' (MCC), acknowledge there is no 'silver bullet' and that different companies are at different stages in elevating women in management. They describe the importance of:
The MCC is a collaborative initiative of corporate and institutional leaders convened by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. The members are using their individual and collective influence to support and promote gender equality in our communities and elevate women’s representation in leadership.
Improving gender balance has been a priority for ANZ for many years. Currently 38.2% of all management positions globally and 39.6% of management positions in our Australian business are held by women. Our goal is to reach 40% overall by 2012.
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