Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd has received a citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
WGEA Director, Libby Lyons, congratulated the 2015 citation holders saying these employers are at the frontline of driving positive change as they set the gold standard for inclusive workplaces.
In accepting the citation, Baxter’s Managing Director for Australia, New Zealand and Korea, David Akeroyd, said this was acknowledgement of Baxter’s commitment to best practices in promoting gender equality in the Australian workplace.
“We’re proud to be recognised as a progressive company and this citation shows just how serious we are in offering the best working environment for our employees. Most importantly, a gender-diverse workforce allows Baxter to attract, motivate and retain talented people,” he says.
WGEA awarded the citation to Baxter for the company’s overall approach to gender equality and creating an inclusive work culture within the company. The underlying belief driving Baxter’s approach is that managers and employees have a shared responsibility in creating a culture that achieves a healthy blend of work, personal and family life.
Baxter in Australia has a number of policies which support this approach. They include:
- Proactively supporting women to succeed in leadership roles through accelerated learning programs, networking, mentoring and coaching opportunities.
- Employment practices that ensure pay equality based on merit rather than gender.
- Actively encouraging men and women to take 12 weeks paid parental leave; recognising the needs of the family unit regardless of gender.
- Formal processes for applying for flexible working arrangements, encompassing; part-time work, job sharing and flexible working hours.