One of our commitments as an organisation is to encourage a culture that supports gender equality.
We treat our workforce the same and want both women and men to thrive in their individual roles. Everyone is valued and we have a zero-tolerance about discrimination.
As an organisation we aspire to be:
- Aware of the importance of gender equality and respectful relationships.
- Open to talk about gender inequality, gender stereotypes and discrimination or violence against staff.
- Committed to take action and be pro-active in order to build a fairer workplace.
- Supportive to our staff so they can access and enjoy the same opportunities, resources and rewards, regardless of gender.
- Promoting values of fairness and equity.
Five years ago, we decided to monitor gender diversity and we opted to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Act (link opens in new window). This legislation creates a statutory body so it can support organisations to focus on eliminating discrimination on the basis of gender in employment.
There has been a great deal of research into the benefits of gender equality in the workplace. It promotes a more cohesive and productive workforce, as a result creating higher achievement levels. Gender equal workforces bring together differing perspectives and approaches which result in balanced decisions.
Public declaration of our figures offers transparency. Our expectations and attitudes promote gender diversity. We communicate this to our staff, so we can build a strong and sustainable talent pool.