CEOs for Gender Equity

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Above: Her Excellency, the Governor, Kerry Sanderson AO launches the CEOs for gender equity at Government House.

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Eighteen of Western Australia’s most influential CEOs have gathered key business and community members together to launch the CEOs for Gender Equity initiative at Government House today.
The Equal Opportunity Commission in 2012 prompted the formation of the inaugural Group of CEOs, which has since grown to representing CEOs from the corporate, not for profit and government sectors.
Spokesperson for the initiative and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, Alan Cransberg (pictured right) said the CEOs wanted to show their commitment to addressing gender inequality in WA, not only because it made good business sense, but because it made good sense for the State.
“Nationally WA has the lowest female representation on boards and the highest pay gap. There is low representation of females studying science, technology, engineering and maths and a continuing concern women feel discriminated against in the workplace because of their gender.
“The member CEOs are launching this initiative because we believe a state like WA can do better,” he said.
The CEOs for Gender Equity initiative will focus on the three key areas of education, workplace flexibility and women in leadership.
“By choosing the focus areas of education, workplace flexibility and women in leadership the CEOs aim to promote gender equality from early in an individual’s education and then throughout their working life,” Mr Cransberg said.
Mr Cransberg said beyond the benefits to WA workplaces, gender equality also had a huge bearing on social health.
“Recent domestic violence studies show that in a society where women’s roles are viewed as minor and women have less access to power and resources than men, higher levels of violence against women will occur,” he said.
Mr Cransberg said through improving gender equity in their own organisations the member CEOs aimed to lead by example and thus improve equality throughout the State.
“We have launched this initiative to grow awareness of gender inequality and the ramifications of its existence, plus set an example for other heads of organisations who want to bring about change within their organisations.
“If we are able to make our workplaces more equitable, then perhaps others will see that and want to do the same,” he said.
Read Alan Cransberg's speech

Other speakers were:
Jenni Hill, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, who chairs the Workplace Flexibility focus group. 
Read Jenni Hill's speech

Chris Sutherland, Managing Director of Programmed, chair of the Education focus group.
Read Chris Sutherland's speech
Chris Hall, Chief Executive Officer, MercyCare

The initiative

The CEOs for Gender Equity is an Equal Opportunity Commission initiative bringing 17 influential Perth-based CEOs together to progress gender equity in Western Australia.

They have chosen to concentrate on three focus areas to progress equality from the beginning of a girl's education through to the pinnacle of her career.

The three focus areas are:

  1. Education
  2. Workplace Flexibility
  3. Women in Leadership
Action items for each of the focus areas are listed in the CEOs for Gender Equity Statement of Intent

The CEOs

Ms Allanah Lucas, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
Mr Terry Agnew, Group Chief Executive Officer, RAC (WA) 
Mr Michael Anghie, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Ms Irina Cattalini, Chief Executive Officer, WA Council of Social Service Inc
Mr Alan Cransberg, Chairman and Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia Limited
Mr Todd Creeger, President Australia West, Conoco Phillips
Mr Rob De Luca, Managing Director, Bankwest
Mr Barry Felstead, Chief Executive, Crown Perth
Mr David Flanagan, Executive Chairman, Atlas Iron Limited
Mr Richard Goyder, Managing Director, Wesfarmers Limited
Mr Chris Hall, Chief Executive Officer, MercyCare
Ms Jenni Hill, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Mr Reg Howard-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Minerals & Energy
Professor Paul Johnson, Vice Chancellor, University of Western Australia
Ms Anne Nolan, Director General, Department of Finance
Mr Chris Sutherland, Managing Director, Programmed
Mr Naveen Unni, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Ms Deirdre Willmott, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Gender Equity in the Media

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Information about gender equity

CEO's for Gender Equity
Eighteen of Western Australia's most influential CEO's committed to addressing gender inequity in WA.

Male Champions of Change
Established by the Australian Human Rights Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2010, this group aims to use their individual and collective influence to put the issue of women's representation in leadership is on the national business agenda.

White Ribbon
Australia's campaign to stop violence against women.

Our Watch
End violence against women and children.

Department of Local Government and Communities Focus on Women
The Department of Local Government and Communities recognises the vital role that women play in making a difference for local communities.  Promoting women in leadership and women's economic independence are departmental priorities.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

The Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Women on Boards

Pathways to directorship: professional development, board positions, advocacy.

Committee for Perth - Filling the Pool

Launched in 2013 by the Committee for Perth, Filling the Pool. Supported by major funding partner Shell, this project is exploring how Western Australian businesses can increase participation rates of female leaders in order to enhance their long term prosperity.

Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA)

A state-wide peak organisation committed to improving the status of women and children.