Our ongoing commitment to gender equality has been internationally recognised twice in the last week.

We’ve been listed in the top 200 companies globally leading the field for gender equality in 2018 by Equileap, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace.

Each year, Amsterdam-based Equileap ranks over 3,000 companies in 23 countries on gender equality based criteria such as leadership, gender pay equity and flexible work practices. In 2018, we’ve been ranked 62nd on the list.

Australia had the fourth highest proportion of companies in the Top 200 (36 per cent). The countries with the highest proportion of ranking companies were Norway (43 per cent), Israel (40 per cent) and Belgium (38 per cent).

And in the same week, Andy Penn has appeared in the second annual HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists, published by The Financial Times.

The HERoes lists celebrate company leaders who are passionate about gender equality and actively support women in business. All of those on the lists were nominated by peers and colleagues, with the nominations then reviewed by a panel of judges.

It’s fantastic to see that Andy has been ranked eighth out of the top 50 Male Champions of this year’s list, which includes leading businesspeople from all over the world. We are the only Australian company ranked in the top 10. Andy’s inclusion is on the basis of his personal commitment to gender equality both within Telstra and externally as a Male Champion of Change.

We can all feel proud that Telstra is being recognised internationally as an organisation that cares passionately about diversity and inclusion – there has never been a more critical time for us to focus on the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

You don’t have to be a Male Champion of Change to make a difference. We can all play a role in amplifying women’s voices and celebrating their achievements.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which celebrate women in leadership who are transforming the way we do business. The program, now in its 24th year, continues to recognise outstanding women who are achieving business success by doing things differently.

Participation starts with a simple nomination. Anyone can nominate – friends, family, employees, colleagues, clients, customers or yourself. You can nominate here and nominations are open until 8 November.