Our commitment to promoting the advancement of women at work has been recognised by Australia’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) which has named us a 2011 Employer of Choice for Women.
Our CEO Mike Smith said, “As Chair of our Diversity Council, I am proud of the progress we’ve made in supporting women to fully contribute their skills and experience in the workplace.”
“Promoting diversity, including gender equality, is not just a social issue; it’s critical to our performance. Creating a workplace that encourages diverse thinking and is open and accepting of people’s differences will help us outperform and achieve our super regional aspirations,” he said.
The citation coincided with our celebrations for the 100 year anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD) and recognises the progress we have made to support women at work, over many years. Our approach includes:
We are also committed to supporting the advancement of women in wider-society, particularly those from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds. Our Saver Plus, MoneyMinded, MoneyBusiness and Progress Loans financial capability initiatives for example, include mostly female participants and aim to encourage and support their economic empowerment, education and broader inclusion in society. In addition, 75% of our Indigenous trainees are female.
The Employer of Choice for women citation follows similar recognition in the past year around the world including the Workplace Work and Life Award in New Zealand for our flexible work policies and an IT Export Award in India which recognises the high percentage of women employed in our Technology business there.