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Women in business employers of choice for women

12 November 2014

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has announced 76 organisations have been awarded the inaugural WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation for 2014.

The Australian Financial Review has done an assessment of the list and notes that a number of organisations run by men who are part of the Male Champions of Change group do not make the list.

Male Champions of Change is a group of high-profile male CEOs who have agreed to help promote diversity and espceially women in business.

The Male Champions of Change initiative came from Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and began back in April 2010.

The Male Champions of Change group, which numbers 21, “aims to use their individual and collective influence and commitment to ensure the issue of women’s representation in leadership is elevated on the national business agenda”.

Eight organisations run by Male Champions of Change do not make the EOCGE list of 76.

Launched in November 2013 by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, the new EOCGE citation has been developed in consultation with holders of the previous Employer of Choice for Women citation and has substantially raised the bar of expected performance for organisations seeking successful application for the EOCGE citation.

These more rigorous application requirements mean the 2014 citation holders are recognised as being industry leaders in their commitment to driving lasting cultural and organisational change in gender equality.

WGEA Director Helen Conway said it was fantastic to see such a diverse mix of organisations raising the bar in their efforts to improve gender equality.

“We know sustained and multi-faceted interventions are required to address the structural and cultural barriers that prevent women and men from equally participating at all levels of an organisation. This year’s citation holders have each demonstrated their commitment to maximising the full potential of their entire talent pool. These organisations are the best of the best."

Moving forward, the WGEA encourages all organisations to continue to improve and develop their gender equity strategies, regardless of whether or not they are an EOCGE citation holder in 2014. By doing so it is ensured that in 2015, and the years after, the WGEA will have the privilege of awarding the citation to an ever growing number of organisations.

See here for more on criteria and how to apply.



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