HESTA and Baxter Healthcare have retained their positions among Australia's top workplaces for gender equality.
Both companies have been awarded prestigious Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citations for 2017-18 by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
HESTA is one of 27 organisations certified in financial and insurance services, part of a record 120 citations awarded across the country by WGEA to recognise employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality.
With more than 80 percent of the health industry super fund's 840,000 members being women, HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said their financial interests are directly impacted by gender equality and closing the gender pay gap.
All HESTA employees receive 12 months' parental leave, 14 weeks of which are paid. Superannuation is paid on both paid and unpaid leave up to 12 months.
“We’ve developed approaches across our organisation that celebrate diversity, promote flexibility and support people in their employment and throughout their career journey,” said Ms Blakey, who has been a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador since 2016.
“At HESTA we’re committed to gender equality and that commitment goes much further than just talking about it. We want our actions and culture to reflect these values and to help drive long-term, meaningful outcomes – that’s the HESTA impact.”
Baxter is one of five organisations nationwide to be certified in the healthcare and social assistance industries, and this is the third year in a row it has achieved the feat.
“We treat diversity and gender equality as a key business issue and central to our culture of employee engagement, inclusion and collaboration,” Baxter's Australia and New Zealand general manager Steven Flynn said.
The United States-based conglomerate, which specialises in hospital products and renal therapeutics, says its global inclusion strategy is focused on building an inclusive and diverse workforce
to drive innovation, trusted partnerships and sustainable business.
“We are proud to have implemented a number of gender-equality initiatives that involve
women and men as active and equal partners," Mr Flynn added.
“Our policies on flexible working arrangements, paid paternity leave and pay equality support
our employees and help deliver on our mission to save and sustain lives.”