Corrs named EOWA Employer of Choice for Women

7 March 2011

Corrs has received an Employer of Choice for Women citation from the Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for the fifth successive year.

Corrs is one of a select group of organisations nationally to receive the citation, which recognises organisations embracing gender diversity and taking steps towards generating positive outcomes for women and the business in areas such as pay parity, workplace flexibility, parental leave and proportion of women at senior levels.

Partner and Chief Executive Officer, John Denton, believes recognition by EOWA is an important endorsement of the firm’s continuing efforts to create an inspiring workplace for all staff. “The citation provides an independent benchmark for the firm and our initiatives,” he said.

Corrs is determined to build on its achievements to date: 33% of its Board and 36% of the Partners and Senior Managers are women; more than 15% of its workforce is part-time (including fourteen men); 71% of its workforce takes advantage of some form of flexible working practice or remote working tool; and the majority of scholarships and post-graduate study opportunities are granted to women.

Current initiatives include:

18 weeks paid parental leave for employees who are the primary care giver

Flexibility@Work program, which offers flexible working options to accommodate the individual circumstances of employees

Embedding flexible work culture through training for partners on leading and managing flexible teams

Participating in Melbourne Business School’s Gender Equality study – a three year training, research and intervention program to identify and remove barriers to gender equity

Executive coaching program designed to assist women to maximise their career potential

Board and Executive Leadership Team members will sponsor female candidates in the partnership pipeline (commencing in 2011).