ANZ is best for women – againApril 2008
ANZ has been named as the employer of choice for women for the sixth consecutive year.
The bank, which was awarded the title by the Australian government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), has appointed two women to senior executive posts reporting directly to the chief executive in the past year.
Other activities that have qualified the bank for the award have been the recruitment of women for 51 per cent of graduate roles in 2008, the introduction of a system for staff to discuss flexible work arrangements with their managers, and the establishment of a Global Women’s Network and a forum for ANZ women to discuss issues relevant to them.
The forum has already met to consider issues such as increasing women’s success in the business and finding ways to attract, retain and promote female talent.
Susie Babani, the ANZ Group general manager for human resources, said: ‘We are delighted that EOWA has again acknowledged ANZ’s efforts to create a workplace that supports women. Building a diverse, high-performing workforce is a key priority for ANZ, as we believe that different perspectives help to drive improved business results.’
Anna McPhee, the EOWA director, said: ‘ANZ is one of the leading businesses in Australia that have moved beyond simply writing diversity policies and providing basic flexibility. For ANZ, creating equity is about changing culture, changing expectations, breaking down the outdated myths about women and finally valuing the massive contribution women make to the workplace, whether they are working part-time or full-time, working from home or in the office, starting their careers or nearing retirement.’
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