Today is International Women’s Day and at Caltex Australia we are proud to celebrate and recognise our own diverse workplace.
As part of our celebrations at Caltex head office, we were lucky enough to hear from some inspiring guest speakers including Emma Highwood Head of Women’s Football at the FFA, and Kirstin Carlos, from not-for-profit organisation Dress for Success Sydney and current Head of Digital and Entertainment at Qantas.
During the panel discussion, Emma and Kirstin shared their stories on what bold steps they’ve made to pave way for change, as well as additional steps they believe still need to happen to achieve equality in the workplace.
They also shared their career stories and valuable lessons they’ve learnt along the way.
Taking BOLD steps at Caltex Australia
Be bold for change is the theme for International Women’s Day in 2017.
At Caltex we know for a fact that an inclusive workplace is a more productive one, and recently, we took our own bold steps to get us where we are today:
In 2012, Caltex had:
- no female leaders on our executive team
- only 1 in 4 (25%) females in senior leadership positions
Today, a mere five years later:
- 37% of the leaders on the executive are female
- more than one in three females are in senior leader positions
- 100% of women are returning and staying at Caltex following parental leave
- we have partnered with various organisations to attract and retain female workers, including the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO)
Some of the bold actions we have taken to achieve these results include our focus on flexible working, introduction of our award winning Caltex BabyCare package, and a proactive approach to minimising the gender wage difference.
Caltex CEO and Managing Director, Julian Segal, said that while he was pleased to see how far we’ve come, we are not going to become complacent.
“Caltex is committed to a diverse leadership team made up of men and women and will continue to close the pay gap as we work toward full parity,” said Mr Segal.
Caltex is a current Employer of Choice for Gender Equality via the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), demonstrating leadership in diversity while recognising best practice in promoting gender equality in the workplace.