GHD named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

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12 November 2014

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, has received the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in Australia.

GHD is one of only two companies in the engineering and technical consulting services sector to achieve this prestigious title. Overall, 76 organisations in Australia received the citation.

Phil Duthie, GHD’s General Manager – Australia and member of Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change group, says “It’s a fantastic achievement to be acknowledged as one of Australia’s leaders in promoting diversity and gender equality. The citation is based on meeting rigorous requirements, and provides important external recognition of GHD’s commitment to an inclusive workplace culture.”

Phil adds, “Through our Diversity & Inclusion strategy, our ability to embrace the breadth of thought, background, skills and experience of both women and men is critical in developing imaginative solutions for our clients and the community. GHD has also established a Diversity & Inclusion Group to champion a work environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.”

The WGEA citation recognises demonstrated commitment from GHD’s senior leadership team in Australia. It acknowledges the company’s focus on providing a culture where learning and development opportunities, flexible work arrangements, and various leave options for both men and women with family and caring responsibilities are considered essential.

Women at all levels of the business are supported by the Women in GHD initiative which provides networking and mentoring opportunities internally and for female clients. There are also regular forums for emerging female leaders to provide input to the business by meeting with the company’s Executive Management Group and Board.

Helen Conway, Director, WGEA, says, “Holders of the 2014 WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation can be distinguished by their commitment to ‘doing’ rather than simply ‘talking’. They are driving the lasting cultural and organisational change that is essential for any organisation committed to maximising the potential of women and men.”

 

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