Baker McKenzie is one of 140 recipients to be awarded Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in Australia. The WGEA EOCGE citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Chair of Baker McKenzie Australia’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, partner Anne-Marie Allgrove stated: "Our organisation is deeply committed to shifting the dial on gender equality, providing equal opportunity to both men and women in progressing their careers. There is no doubt, we have a long way to go and will continue to relentlessly pursue greater progress. Striving every year to obtain the WGEA EOCGE citation enables us continually to review and assess what we are doing and challenges us to do more."
WGEA Director Libby Lyons stated: “Embracing workplace gender equality means different things for different organisations. Every employer committed to gender equality embarks upon their own unique journey towards achieving the equal participation by women and men in their workplace. The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation provides a rigorous and sophisticated roadmap to guide employers along the path.
“We have awarded a record 140 EOCGE citations this year. All of our 2018-19 EOCGE citation holders are at different stages of their gender equality journey. What unites them is their determination and commitment to achieving workplace gender equality. I congratulate all of these organisations for being agents of change, leading the way forward for other Australian employers to follow.”
The Firm established its BakerWomen Programme in late 2011 in recognition of the under-representation of women at senior levels of the Firm and the need to do more to retain, support and develop the Firm's female talent.
BakerWomen is focussed on supporting women at all stages of their professional careers by:
- engaging with management to effect change as required to the Firm's culture, processes and procedures to maximise the opportunities for our women to succeed
- ensuring our women have equal opportunities to engage with clients and access to high quality work;
- providing sponsorship and mentoring opportunities;
- providing access to role models and support forums; and
- providing opportunities to engage with and hear from successful women and men on their career paths.