For the eleventh year in a row, Baker McKenzie has been named WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.
Baker McKenzie's National Managing Partner, Anthony Foley stated: "We are delighted to once again be recognised with a WGEA citation. I am absolutely committed to ensuring our Firm creates equal opportunity for both men and women, whilst preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination. Consistent with this, we have set clear targets for improving gender equality outcomes and we have publicly committed to achieving them."
In citing these goals, Anthony commented: “Our Australian offices remain 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."
The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Libby Lyons stated:
“The WGEA EOCGE citation is recognised as a rigorous and sophisticated guide for employers to implement leading-practice initiatives designed to achieve gender equality in their workplaces. This year, we are welcoming 17 new EOCGE citation holders who are joining the existing 119 citation holders from 2019-20. Despite the tremendous upheaval and disruption caused to Australian businesses by the COVID-19 pandemic, these dedicated organisations maintained an unswerving commitment to achieving their EOCGE citation. I want to sincerely thank and acknowledge these employers for their extraordinary efforts in these trying times. We know that gender equality is good for business and crucial to our post-COVID-19 economic recovery. By driving better gender equality outcomes in their workplaces, these EOCGE citation holders are showing the right way forward for other Australian businesses.”