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Gender diversity

WIS accelerated its focus on improving female representation across the board and in particular, in senior leadership positions during the year. Commencing with ‘listen and learn’ workshops conducted across Australia and New Zealand, the outcomes informed the implementation of new flexible workplace and parental leave policies which were launched in October 2016.

Two large scale Women in Leadership networking events were also conducted with male and female participants across WIS in 2016 to increase visibility of gender balance issues, featuring a senior leaders panel and guest speakers from Wesfarmers.

To supplement these activities, an equity pay review was undertaken as was a tightening of the recruitment and selection practices which now include a gender balanced selection panel and better balance of gender representation in shortlists and interview pools.

Furthermore, a Gender Diversity Steering Committee was established to guide and inform initiatives with members from across the division, representing a range of roles and seniority.

These efforts delivered a notable increase in female representation in senior roles achieved from both external hire and internal promotions.