When it comes to gender equality in the workplace, I’m proud to work in an organisation that’s making real change. For the second year running, Telstra’s efforts are being recognised with a prestigious Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.
Awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), we are one of only 90 organisations Australia-wide to receive the EOCGE citation and one of only two organisations to be accredited in the Information, Media and Telecommunications sector.
Our commitment to improving gender equality extends all the way from our Board and CEO Leadership Team to teams within our business.
At our recent AGM, Trae Vassallo was elected to our Board, which means four of the ten Board positions (including the role of Chairman) are held by women.
Our CEO Andy Penn recently appointed Joe Pollard, Chief Marketing Officer & Group Executive Media, and Cynthia Whelan, Group Executive Telstra International & New Businesses, into our senior executive team. This means five of Andy’s 10 direct reports are women, and we now have the most gender balanced senior executive team of any company in the ASX Top 20.
Andy Penn is also an active member of Male Champions of Change and is leading efforts to engage men around gender equality. He’s called on the broader business community to embrace disruptive approaches to delivering on diversity.
I also lead an in-house legal team that is now 70 per cent female (and 55% of senior leaders are female), which is particularly significant given the legal profession faces such persistent gender inequality.
There are so many elements that make gender diversity possible. It’s not just having the policies and the means to work flexibly but the support and understanding of one’s team to be able to do so freely. It’s knowing where the company stands that instils this understanding in our people; we take every aspect of diversity seriously and have an ongoing commitment to continue to be a leader in this area.
Being recognised for something we believe in is humbling, and we’ll continue to push for gender equality in our organisation and beyond.
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