DAIMLER EARNS AUSSIE GENDER EQUALITY ENDORSEMENT

By: Fabian Cotter


MAKING IT the only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be accredited under the scheme in Australia, Daimler Truck and Bus has achieved recognition as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE), the company announced recently.

DAIMLER EARNS AUSSIE GENDER EQUALITY ENDORSEMENT
(L-R) Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead; WGEA director, Libby Lyons; and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Human Resources specialist, Sophie Burn.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and is, "…charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces," it states.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, accepted the accreditation at a special event in Melbourne.

"Being named as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality is critically important to Daimler Truck and Bus because we are firmly committed to attracting and retaining gender diverse talent and achieving true gender equality and pay equity," he said.

"You miss out on high-performing talent within the population if you fail to provide an inclusive and supportive workplace for all genders, and that is just bad business," Whitehead added.

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"The commercial vehicle industry has traditionally been dominated by men, but by leading the way with promotion of gender diversity benefits and equitable practices, we can change that.

"We are making progress, both at Daimler Truck and Bus and as an industry in general, but we need to continue to take action," he explained.

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WHAT IS EOCGE?

The EOCGE is designed to encourage, recognise and promote an active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces and is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to the Equal Opportunity Act.

Daimler was assessed against specific criteria on its approach to leadership, strategy, learning and development, gender pay equity, flexible working and support for family responsibilities. In addition, the criteria focussed on preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, as well as targets for improving gender equality outcomes.

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The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) announced EOCGE citations for 141 companies across a range of Australian industries this week.

"What unites them is their determination and commitment to achieving workplace gender equality," said WGEA director, Libby Lyons.

"I congratulate all of these organisations for being agents of change, leading the way forward for other Australian employees to follow."

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