Baker McKenzie is one of 119 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, recognize and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Baker McKenzie's National Managing Partner, Anthony Foley stated: "As a Firm, we are committed to demonstrating the required leadership, delivering the right learning and development, ensuring no gender remuneration gaps, supporting flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes."
In addressing where the Firm needed to be in respect to gender equality, Mr. Foley stated: “Our Australian offices are deeply committed to achieving the Firm's global gender targets set at 40:40:20 to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons). These targets apply to partners, senior business professionals, the Firm's committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment by 1 July 2025. Such targets are critical, and demonstrate our determination to achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency also recognizes implementation of the practices, policies and culture needed to drive these initiatives.”
The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to compliance with the Act.
WGEA Director Libby Lyons stated: “New research just released by WGEA and the University of Queensland’s AIBE Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace shows that the targeted and strategic action EOCGE citation holders are taking has delivered significant improvements. They are closing their pay gaps and increasing their representation of women in management at a faster rate than other employers in our dataset. These findings alone demonstrate the tangible impact of the EOCGE citation.
“This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes. I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements. All these organizations are at the forefront of the momentum for change towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equal future for both women and men.”