Australia’s leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has today been recognised for the eleventh consecutive time for its active commitment to, and leadership in, achieving gender equality.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has named Corrs a 2017-18 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE). This is the fourth consecutive time that the firm has received the WGEA citation and previously Corrs had received its predecessor, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace (EOWA) citation, for seven consecutive years.
The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Criteria for the citation cover 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.
John W.H. Denton AO, Partner and CEO at Corrs Chambers Westgarth said: “Ensuring a diverse and equitable workplace in which everyone can develop to their full potential, benefits our people, our clients and the firm.
“My, and the firm’s, commitment to gender equality is unwavering. Gender equality and diversity are not just ethical issues, they are key to driving a successful and healthy business and, in the case of Corrs, ensuring we attract and retain talented people of any gender.
“Maintaining and encouraging a diverse, equitable, inclusive and open minded work environment is not something we take for granted. We are constantly working to encourage flexibility, inclusiveness and the well-being of our people to make Corrs an inspiring workplace in which collaboration, learning and knowledge sharing thrive.”
A central component to Corrs’ gender equality strategy is the Flexibility@Corrs program, making flexible work a standard business practice for all employees, regardless of gender or age, without adversely impacting careers.
Corrs also regularly provides diversity training for the firm’s leadership, partners and staff, consults with employees and undertakes gender pay gap analysis to ensure any gap is addressed.
Corrs Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Heidi Roberts, said: “This citation is testament to our ongoing work and commitment to gender equality. Our vision is a generous, supportive and inclusive culture which fosters and sustains a diverse, engaged and high performing workforce.”