The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has announced the 2019-2020 Employers of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE), naming 119 organisation who have received the citation, down from 144 last year.
The 119 employers have been recognised for their commitment to improving key gender equality metrics. Of these 119 organisations, 14 are first-time recipients of the EOCGE citation, including manufacturing company Kellogg’s (Aust) Pty Ltd and construction firm Laing O’Rourke.
Also released today, to coincide with EOCGE announcement, is a report produced by the University of Queensland and the WGEA, that reveals this group of leading employers are closing their pay gaps at a faster rate than the general workforce.
The report outlines a 9.2 percentage point drop in EOCGE organisations’ total remuneration gender pay gap compared to a 3.7 percentage point decrease for other reporting organisations between 2013-14 to 2017-18.
Employers with the EOCGE citation also have a higher representation of women at all management levels and on their boards.
The organisations have also shown a stronger pipeline of women moving into senior management roles over a five-year period. They have a higher proportion of women working full-time, with 57 per cent of female employees working full-time in EOCGE organisations compared with 39 per cent in the general workforce.
Each year, EOCGE citation holders demonstrate that they meet a rigorous and evidence-based set of criteria that are necessary drive of gender equality in Australian workplaces.
The criteria focuses on seven areas covering leadership, strategy and accountability, pay equity, support for caring, mainstreaming flexible work and prevention of harassment and discrimination.
Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, said it was clear from the new report that the ECOGE citation had generated significant change within these organisations.
“This new research shows that positive and measurable improvements have been made by our EOCGE citation holders. These leading employers are closing their pay gaps and increasing their representation of women in management at a faster rate than other employers in our dataset. These findings alone demonstrate the tangible and positive impact of the EOCGE citation.”
In 2018-2019, a record 141 organisations were recognised with the citation, however a recent update the eligibility criteria raised the bar for applicants this year.
“This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes,” Lyons said.
“I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements.
“As the research we released today demonstrates, these employers have reaped the many business and workplace culture benefits from implementing leading-practice measures in their workplaces.”
The list of EOCGE citation holders for 2019-2020 is as follows:
AbbVie Pty Ltd
AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
Alcoa of Australia Limited
Allianz Australia Services Pty Ltd
American Express Australia Limited
Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Ltd
Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd
The Australian Catholic University Limited
AustralianSuper Pty Ltd
Avanade Australia Pty Ltd
B & McK Services Trust
Bain and Company
Baker McKenzie Australia
Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd
Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd
Boston Consulting Group
Caltex Australia Pty Ltd
Charles Sturt University
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd
Dentons Australia Limited
Dexus Holdings Pty Limited
Diageo Australia Ltd
DLA Piper Australia
Edith Cowan University
First State Super
Frasers Property AHL Limited
Gilbert + Tobin
Hall & Wilcox
HSBC Bank Australia Limited
Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd
King & Wood Mallesons
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
KPMG Australia Services
La Trobe University
Laing O’Rourke Australia
Lander & Rogers
Lendlease Corporation Limited
Lion Pty Ltd
L’Oreal Australia Pty Ltd
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
McKinsey & Company
Mercedes – Benz Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd
Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd
Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd
Metcash Trading Limited
Mirvac Projects Limited
National Australia Bank Limited
Norman Disney & Young
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Novotech (Australia) Pty Ltd
Origin Energy Ltd
ORIX Australia Corporation Limited
Philips Electronics Australia Limited
QinetiQ Pty Ltd
Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd
Russell Kennedy Lawyers
Smartgroup Corporation Ltd
SMEC Australia Pty Ltd
Sparke Helmore Lawyers
St Barbara Limited
Stockland Development Pty Limited
Super Retail Group Ltd
TelstraSuper Pty Ltd
The GPT Group
The Smith’s Snackfood Company Pty Ltd
The University of Newcastle
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thoughtworks Australia Pty Ltd
TEG Pty Ltd
Toyota Finance Australia
Unilever Australia Limited
United Super Pty Ltd (Cbus)
University of Technology Sydney
University of Wollongong
UOW Global Enterprises
Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd
Western Sydney University
WSP Australia Pty Ltd