TRANSDEV, DAIMLER SPEARHEAD BUS-INDUSTRY GENDER EQUALITY

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transdev Australasia


FOR THE SECOND consecutive year, both Transdev Australasia and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd have received the Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation, it’s been announced, recently.

TRANSDEV, DAIMLER SPEARHEAD BUS-INDUSTRY GENDER EQUALITY
Transdev Australasia’s head of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion and Learning and Engagement, Donna Jones, says the citation was a welcome endorsement of a commitment to diversity across all levels of the organisation.

As Employer of Choice Gender Equality (EOCGE) 2020 citation holders, they are only two local bus industry-related organisations out of 119 to have received the strong endorsement of ongoing commitment to gender equality and promoting diversity across the transport industry.

The WGEA citation is a leading practice recognition programme that goes beyond compliance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act, explains Transdev.

Criteria for the citation covers leadership; learning and development; gender remuneration gaps; flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities; employee consultation; preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination; and targets for improving gender equality outcomes, it explains.

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Transdev Australasia’s head of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion and Learning and Engagement, Donna Jones, says the citation was a welcome endorsement of a commitment to diversity across all levels of the organisation.

"We have introduced a range of initiatives in the last two years including Journey Maker Academies that aim to address barriers women faced in participating in operational and front line roles in public transport by providing a tailored learning experience," Jones said.

"We established a gender-neutral parental leave policy and supported our Male Champions of Change to call out any potential everyday sexism by promoting the strong key message ‘It’s not okay today’, which was backed by training to help people call out sexism in the workplace in a non-confrontational way.

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"Diversity is more than a metric to us; it is important that our organisation reflects the diversity of the communities we serve every day," she said.

WGEA director Libby Lyons says the strategic and targeted action taken by citation holders was translating to faster progress in gender equality.

"They are closing their pay gap and increasing their representation of women in management at a faster rate than other employers in our dataset," she explained.

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ABOUT THE CITATION

The EOCGE citation has been in place since 2014 and is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces, WGEA explains.

The citation was reviewed and updated for the 2019-20 period to ensure that it continued to reflect best practice and remained relevant and accessible to employers, it adds.

This year 119 organisations received the citation. Of these, 14 are first-time recipients.

The 2020 EOCGE announcement coincides with the release of a new report from the University of Queensland that demonstrates the effectiveness of the citation in improving workplace gender equality.

The report shows that citation holders are driving improved gender equality outcomes in Australian workplaces.

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