Diversity is a huge global problem and the quest for gender equality in the workplace continues to be a key talking point. Although men and women may enter the workplace at similar levels, with similar qualifications and career aspirations, their career paths often take different turns.
From my experience of working within the safety industry and collecting evidence via client feedback, the equality gap is still evident. Women still remain in the minority when it comes to gaining top senior positions within organisations worldwide.
Is this the case for all sectors?
Not according to a recent report by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), they show that 42 per cent of directors appointed to the boards of Australia’s top 200 listed companies so far this year have been women, compared with just 5 per cent when the Institute began collecting data in 2009.
Top of the list is Medicare Private, with women making up more than 70 per cent of its board. “Boards languishing at the bottom of the list were old-fashioned and out-of-touch, and risked being left behind,” said AICD’s managing director John Brogden. His message to those boards that are still all male is simple; they need to embrace diversity and realise the benefits it can bring to their organisation.
Companies with the highest percentage of women on their boards: