Monday, 25th February 2019: The Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has today publicly recognised Lion as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. The WGEA citation recognises employers that are committed to achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Stuart Irvine, CEO, Lion Group, said:
“We are proud to have been cited by WGEA for the second year running for our passion and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone feels their contribution is respected and valued. At Lion, we are ensuring gender equality becomes part of the narrative within the business and is embedded into our culture.”
Lion is committed to achieving a 50:50 gender balance by 2026. To meet this target, we are focusing three key areas – culture, talent acquisition, and policies and practices.
In 2016, Lion conducted a pay-gap analysis as a benchmark for its diversity and inclusion strategy. At that time, pay inconsistencies for some of Lion’s men and women were identified (with an average gap of 3.2%) – and Lion immediately acted to close the gap. This action delivered 1,600 Lion people with a $6 million pay rise. To keep the gap at zero, Lion conducts pay analyses every six months as well as using inclusive policies and talent strategies to recruit and retain women.
Some of our other initiatives that foster inclusion are leadership development and unconscious bias training, flexible work, families at lion policy, returning to work from parental leave support, career acceleration programs for women.
The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. Lion volunteered to be assessed for the citation covering leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.
Stuart Irvine acts as one of WGEA’s Pay Equity ambassadors and is a signatory to the WGEA Pay Equity Pledge; to monitor talent management data and take action should a gender pay gap arise.
As well as its recognition from WGEA for Lion’s Australian operations, Lion New Zealand was also recognised in 2018 as one of New Zealand’s best places for women to work, by The Gender Tick.
For further information contact:
Nick Hay – Lion External Relations, Corporate
+61 (0)475 792 917
Lion is a leading beverage and food company with a portfolio that includes many of our region’s favourite brands. We employ more than 6,700 people across Australia and New Zealand predominantly and take great pride in our local manufacturing footprint, which spans 38 sites – including large breweries, craft breweries, wineries, dairy farms, milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice sites as well as venues.
ABOUT THE WGEA
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The Agency is charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. WGEA also works with employers to help them comply with the reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. WGEA is committed to promoting and contributing to understanding, acceptance and public debate of gender equality issues in the workplace.
The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.