As Australia’s progress towards gender equity in the workplace slows, prominent male leaders from the public and private sectors speak candidly about why gender equity is a national imperative, why diversity initiatives alone aren’t working – and the changes Australia needs to embrace for everyone’s benefit.
Beyond the ethical argument, male leaders believe Australia simply cannot afford to leave half the population out of the hiring equation. In their experience, diversity at all levels lowers risk and improves organisational performance. In a diverse organisation: leadership groups make smarter, more informed decisions; customers are better understood; employees are less cynical and more engaged; and organisations gain competitive advantage.
“Australia has a very small population compared with other countries. If we are to remain competitive, we must use our entire population to look for talent.”
David Gonski, Chairman Coca-Cola Amatil, Investec (Australia), Ingeus
(Excerpt from report, Ernst & Young)
Male leaders featured include, Brian Hartzer, Alan Joyce, Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Ian Narev, David Gonski AC, David Thodey, Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, General David Hurley AC DSC, and Brian Schwartz AM.