According to the the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) it’s not enough to talk the equality talk. The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces – and to be eligible, applicants were required to consult with employees to demonstrate that gender equality initiatives translated into lived experience.
One of the successful companies to achieve a citation for 2015 is Suncorp; Canstar caught up with a Suncorp Group spokesperson to find out some more detail.
Q: What are some of the ways in which Suncorp works to promote gender equality in the workplace?
A: At Suncorp we have a number of initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace including: investing in education and skills development, a program dedicated to developing our high performing female talent, training to increase awareness and reduce unconscious bias, and internal mechanisms such as transfers and secondments to build capability. In addition to this our flexible work options help employees to balance their family obligations and work commitments.
Q: Retaining loyal and committed staff is a goal for any business – do your equality initiatives pay dividends in this regard?
A: For Suncorp having a diverse and inclusive workforce enables us to remain agile and resilient and we’re able to quickly respond to the changing needs of our customers and the communities in which we serve.
By building a culture within our business that values differences and supports inclusiveness – our people perform at their best, which in turn drives innovation, collaboration and better business performance.
Q: Are there any other workplace changes you would like to see going forward?
A: There is always more that can be done to promote gender equality in the workplace, and employers must continue to offer flexible, meaningful and long-term career paths to improve gender diversity.
From a Suncorp perspective we see continued investment in education and skills development as a critical component to improving gender equality. We’ll carry on investing in technology which supports our people to work flexibly, and continue to develop an inclusive culture and environment in which our people can thrive.
You can find out more about the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality here.