Bundaberg recognised globally for gender equality

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Bundaberg Rum's parent company Diageo is the world's best for gender equality. Photo: Bundaberg Rum

Bundaberg Rum's parent company has been ranked as the number one business in the world for gender equality in a global report.

Drinks producer Diageo took out top position in in the Equileap 2019 Global Gender Equality Report and Ranking, released today in the United Kingdom.

The Equileap report is an in-depth, cross-sector analysis of gender equality across 3519 companies in 23 developed economies, representing 98 million employees.

Equileap ranks businesses based on 19 gender equality criteria, including gender balance across the workforce, the gender pay gap, paid parental leave and anti-sexual harassment policies.

Diageo Australia is also one of 141 workplaces cited as an Employer of Choice by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for 2019, has no gender pay gap and its executive leadership and extended leadership group are both at gender parity.

“It’s with immense pride that we share the news that Diageo has been ranked the number one business in the world for gender equality,” Diageo Australia managing director David Smith said.

“It’s our responsibility as an employer to keep moving the dial towards gender parity and implement industry leading policies and practices.

“We’ve made huge strides in this space over the last couple of years, most recently with our updated family leave policy, the most progressive policy in the Australian corporate sector.

“We won’t be resting on our laurels, there’s still so much that needs to be done in this space across society.”

Acknowledgements in the report include:

  • The work Diageo has done to achieve gender balance at the most senior levels of the organisation. Currently 44 per cent of Diageo’s Board are women, and the company is working towards a senior leadership team of 40 per cent women by 2025.
  • Diageo’s global parental leave policy that means all Australian employees are eligible to take 26 weeks paid family leave regardless of gender, carer status or length of service.
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