A decade of leadership in gender equality: Allianz says there is still more to do

21 February 2018

Allianz Australia has been awarded the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation, by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for a ninth year in a row.

Commenting on WGEA’s acknowledgment, Managing Director, Richard Feledy said, “When it comes to equality in the workplace, I am proud to lead an organisation that is making a real investment into cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.”

“Being recognised for something we believe in is humbling and while we have received this recognition we acknowledge that there is more we can do to push for further equality in our organisation and beyond,” he said.

Allianz was recognised for key programs including flexible work opportunities, targeted recruitment practices and professional development programs. These programs have successfully resulted in more women in management roles, increased talent retention rates, increased return to work rates following parental leave and gender pay gap reductions.

“Diversity is about bringing together different ideas, experiences and business issues. It is in this environment that we will see innovation flourish, engagement levels increase and a sharpened approach to attracting and retaining talent,” Feledy said.

“The flow on effect will be that we will be able to provide better customer experience because we understand and represent the needs of a richly diverse Australia,” he said.

As many as 100 diverse organisations have received the citation in 2017, which highlights employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

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