Monday 25 February 2019
Maddocks has been recognised for its initiatives and programs to build a diverse and inclusive workplace for the 15th consecutive year.
Maddocks received an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation today from the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency – one of only 140 organisations to receive the citation across Australia.
The firm was recognised for a range of initiatives designed to promote gender equality through pay equity, flexible work practices and the promotion of women to positions of leadership.
As a result of these initiatives, 37 percent of the firm’s partnership are women, and more than 1 in 4 of our people, including 1 in 5 of our partners, work flexibly.
Maddocks Senior Manager, Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Projects, Marita Pascoe, said she was proud to work at a firm with such a strong commitment to gender equality and inclusion.
‘This recognition is an important element of our diversity and inclusion strategy as it shows we have the right initiatives in place to promote equality,’ Marita said.
Maddocks CEO Michelle Dixon said receiving the citation for a 15th consecutive year was significant.
‘We have now had policies and practices in place for a long time that encourage all of our people to excel and to reward them for their contribution and we are seeing the benefits of such a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion,’ Michelle said.
‘These policies and practices have encouraged behaviours that are now our culture. In our staff engagement survey last year, we had an 18 percent increase in our staff saying that their partner or manager genuinely supports equality between men and women.
‘The past 15 years have also been a period of rapid expansion and high revenue growth for Maddocks, which shows that an engaged and diverse workplace is a more profitable and successful workplace.’
WGEA Director Libby Lyons said that the organisations that received a citation were united by their determination and commitment to achieving workplace gender equality.
‘I congratulate all of these organisations for being agents of change, leading the way forward for other Australian employers to follow.’
Maddocks is a proudly independent Australian law firm that works closely with corporations, businesses and governments throughout Australia and internationally. We advise national and international clients across the built environment, education, government, healthcare and technology sectors, from our Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices. Our specialist expertise includes dispute resolution and litigation, employment and safety, financial services, franchising and insolvency.
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