Australia: Corrs leads on gender equality and cultural diversity
Last Updated: 14 December 2016

Australia's leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has this week been recognised for its initiatives and leadership in both gender equality and cultural diversity.

Corrs was today named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, marking the third consecutive year that the firm has received the honour. Prior to the introduction of the WGEA citation three years ago, Corrs received the previous EOWA citation for seven consecutive years.

"We're extremely proud of our strong commitment to gender equality and of our market leading policies, initiatives and programs which promote a supportive and inclusive workplace culture," said Annette Hughes, Corrs Partner and Diversity Council Chair.

John W.H. Denton AO, Partner and CEO at Corrs Chambers Westgarth added: "Gender equality, and fostering a diverse and equitable working environment, is of great importance to Corrs. It benefits our people, our firm and our clients. As always, there is more that can be done and we are constantly looking at how we can further progress our efforts in this area."

A core element of Corrs' gender equality strategy includes its Flexibility@Corrs program, developed with the aim of making flexible work a standard business practice for all employees, regardless of gender or age and without adverse impact on ultimate career goals. The firm also regularly undertakes gender pay gap analysis and unconscious bias awareness training for leadership, partners, senior business services staff, and senior lawyers.

Corrs' leadership in promoting cultural diversity was also highlighted earlier this week, with Corrs' CEO John Denton named as a founding member of a newly-established Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

The Council has been established to promote diversity in leadership by setting diversity targets in employment and to counter bias by expanding professional development programs. The founding members have agreed to act as role models on diversity and inclusion, and to share their experiences, data and results.

"There is a need to address the significant lack of cultural diversity in Australia's leadership positions. I am honoured to work with the other founding members to help promote the importance of diversity and why it is essential for the success of companies in Australia, and indeed the entire Australian business community," said Mr Denton.

The Council's eight founding members are from Australian business, academia and government and, in addition to Mr Denton, include PwC Australia's CEO Luke Sayers, University of Queensland vice-chancellor Professor Peter Hoj, EY Oceania chief executive Tony Johnson, Emotiv founder and chief executive Tan Le, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Secretary Dr Martin Parkinson, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev.

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