McCullough Robertson receives prestigious WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation
12 November 2014
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has today announced the inaugural list of Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders with 76 organisations receiving the prestigious citation, including leading independent law firm McCullough Robertson.
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. ‘The spread of industries and organisational size in this year’s list of citation holders is truly impressive and highlights that it’s not just the big of end town that realises the value of taking a strategic and systematic approach to achieving a gender diverse workforce,’ she said.
McCullough Robertson, Managing Partner, Guy Humble said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to receive the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, we have worked hard for this and when it comes to gender equality at McCullough Robertson, we are absolutely committed. We know that having empowered women and men in our organisation directly impacts on the overall successful performance of our firm.’
The new citation, developed in consultation with past citation holders and launched in November 2013, substantially raised the expected level of performance while being sensitive to commercial realities.
WGEA Director Helen Conway said: ‘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.’
‘Future job seekers, investors and procurement officers who are committed to working for, investing in and buying from organisations with best practice talent management strategies should refer to this list first. These organisations are the best of the best,’ Ms Conway said.
In interviews conducted with CEOs of each successful applicant, leaders consistently revealed the importance of maintaining momentum.
‘Best practice CEOs know they must not let their achievements in the area of gender equality breed complacency; they know it’s essential to maintain and indeed accelerate their efforts if they are to achieve sustainable change. Importantly, the EOCGE citation and in particular future pre-requisites point to what’s required to continue to lead this agenda and capture the competitive advantage a diverse workforce brings,’ Ms Conway said.
Reflecting the more rigorous requirements, 76 organisations have been awarded the 2014 EOCGE citation, down from 125 recipients when the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women, was last awarded in 2012.
For more information contact: Kristie Fankhauser on 07 3233 8876.
About McCullough Robertson
McCullough Robertson is a leading Australian independent law firm with industry specialists combining legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and foresight. The firm provides innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate, government and high net worth individuals across Australia and internationally. Established in 1926 the firm’s major focus areas are the resources (mining and energy), food and agribusiness, technology, telecommunications, health and life sciences (pharmaceuticals), real estate and financial services sectors.