ORIX Australia is pleased to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the third consecutive year.
The citation recognises our work maintaining active diversity policies and practices across the business. It celebrates our best-practice gender equality strategy, including our flexibility, talent, inclusive leadership and pay equity initiatives.
“Consistently receiving WGEA’s citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality shows just how committed we are to building a genuinely diverse culture across the business,” says ORIX Australia’s General Manager – People and Culture, Jill Edwards.
“This acknowledgement shows us we’re on the right track when it comes to diversity and helps us to strive to be a leader in the field. We continue to work hard to build an inclusive culture, which delivers so many advantages to the business, not just commercial ones. Aside from generating a diversity of thought, it makes ORIX a great place to work,” she adds.
Commenting on this year’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citations, WGEA Director, Mary Wooldridge, said: “Citation holders are officially recognised as some of the best employers in Australia, who are committed and dedicated to action in achieving gender equality.
“Critically, these organisations deliver better support structures for working families, stronger actions to address pay inequalities and strategic recruitment and promotion practices to encourage full participation of women at work. We extend our congratulations to these leading employers, and look forward to working with them closely to accelerate positive change.”
Diversity in practice
ORIX is especially proud of two initiatives we embarked on this year to support our gender equity focus.
- Our live, virtual panel events on gender equality awareness and discussion we host with the D&I Network Group in the Macquarie Park and North Ryde business hub are one of the ways we are able to give back to, and create value for, the wider community. Our all-female panel events are a great opportunity for our teams to learn from leaders across many businesses.
- In 2021, we were thrilled to launch our first ORIX Leadership Development Program. The initiative builds emerging leaders’ capabilities across strategy execution and influence engagement and enhances our inclusive culture through professional and personal growth. A wide range of staff of varying levels of seniority take part in the program, supporting better collaboration, engagement and networking across the Australian and New Zealand business.
Moving forward, we will continue to build a flexible and outcome-driven work environment, which supports our team’s family and caring responsibilities, as well as their other needs. We will continue to ensure gender pay equity is achieved across the organisation at all levels, and identify and eliminate pay gaps based on gender.
As such, gender equality will remain a core issue for the business during 2022 and beyond. We have some great projects planned for this year that will only enhance our multi-year program of work to position ORIX as a diversity and inclusion leader. Watch this space.