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Communiqué of the Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit 2012 Re-imagining our Workplaces.

On 10 December 2012, AHRI, UN Women Australia and principal partner, Westpac Group, launched the communique of the 2012 Summit.

The Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit 2012

The second annual Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit: Re-Imagining our Workplaces was held in Sydney on Tuesday 24 July 2012.

Co-hosted by the Australian Human Resources Institute and UN Women Australia, the Summit built on the 2011 Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit by bringing together gender experts and business leaders to progress the gender equality conversation and develop the thought leadership about gender equity in Australian workplaces.

See the 2012 summit highlights

The Women's Empowerment Principles

The Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit is a key part of UN Women Australia's domestic mandate to promote gender equality within Australia. It seeks to reflect and build on The Women's Empowerment Principles, a set of principles produced by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (now UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

To download a copy of the Women's Empowerment Principles Booklet click here.

For more information on becoming signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles, please visit our website or email Jessica French.

Download the 2011 Summit report

On 8 July 2011, AHRI, UN Women Australia and principal partner, The Westpac Group, launched a report on the findings of the Summit.

Key recommendations of the 2011 report

Eight recommendations for change from the 2011 Summit that have been outlined in the report are:

  • A national campaign to be held to promote public awareness and engagement with gender equity, highlighting its importance for economic prosperity and social well-being.
  • Organisations to set targets to achieve 40 per cent of each gender in management and executive leadership positions. Performance against these targets to be measured and reported annually to key stakeholders.
  • Boards to achieve 40 per cent gender targets by 2015, via a '3 in 3’ process, with one woman added to the board each year as required.
  • Organisations to undertake annual gender pay audits and eliminate pay differentials based on gender.
  • Organisations to establish ‘scorecards’ at leadership levels that promote flexibility practices.
  • The Federal Government to provide 100 per cent tax deductibility for child care expenses for working parents.
  • The Federal Government to provide funding for dedicated gender education programs in schools and businesses to promote the values of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
  • Organisations to sign up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement of Support and provide a report to their key stakeholders on progress each year.

Your biases at work

AHRI is delighted to launch two new programs designed to support the development of workplace diversity initiatives in Australian organisations.

The programs are the outcome of deliberations following the Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit. The programs focus on the question of bias within organisations, including an exploration of workplace cultures in which the exercise of biases relating to gender, age and other groups, are often so entrenched that they may not be recognised as such.

The two programs are ‘Bias and the bottom-line’ and ‘Managing your biases at work’, conscious and unconcious.

Program materials include:

Managing your Bias at Work
Flyer (for promotion of the workshop)
Participant Guide (ready for printing)
Facilitator Guide
Powerpoint presentation
Feedback template
Bias and the bottom line
Powerpoint presentation

All materials can be edited to suit your needs. AHRI is able to provide independent expert facilitation where required. For more information about how to purchase these materials you can visit Managing your Bias at Work or alternatively you can email or you can call 1300 811 880