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