HDY receives WGEA Gender Equality Citation for sixth consecutive year
8 December 2016
For the sixth consecutive year, Henry Davis York has received the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Quality citation.
HDY is one of only 18 law firms and 88 other organisations to receive the 2016 citation which is rigorously assessed against a set of robust criteria covering leadership, learning and development, pay equity, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.
According to HDY Managing Partner Michael Greene, the citation is clear recognition of the Firm's determination to uphold workplace gender equality, an essential pillar in HDY's ongoing drive to be a market-leading, dynamic and diverse law firm.
"Equality and diversity are central to who we are as a law firm and, while we are very pleased to be recognised with the WGEA citation, we recognise that we cannot be complacent," Michael said.
"Gender equality is a challenge for us all at a fundamental societal level, but it is one we need to take on, and employers can play a big and important role in breaking down some of the perceived 'societal norms' that still hamper progress in this area.
"At HDY we work hard to ensure we have a supportive and equitable culture and we are also proud to have a number of excellent gender equality policies, practices and programs in place."
WGEA Director Libby Lyons said: “WGEA data shows there is progress towards gender equality in Australian workplaces, but it is too slow. It is only through more employers adopting leading practices to promote gender equality in the workplace that we will see the pace of change pick up.
"That's why it is so encouraging to see more than 100 organisations meet the very high standard required to receive the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation this year.