SIMBERI Island miner St Barbara has received the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ citation for a third consecutive year.
To receive the citation, organisations are required to demonstrate how they are addressing a number of benchmarks for gender equality including leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.
St Barbara has set targets for the representation of women across the Company, as well as in leadership roles and Board representation. The Company also provides industry best practice parental leave and return to work provisions, and special paid leave for domestic violence victims.
Over the last six years, St Barbara has significantly reduced the overall pay equity gap as a result of changes in gender composition, and for many years has achieved a nil gender pay gap in like-for-like roles.
This year, more than 100 organisations were granted the citation, however, St Barbara is one of only three resource companies, and the only gold mining company, to receive the citation.
With Bob Vassie, Managing Director & CEO, a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador since 2014, this latest citation confirms the company’s commitment to addressing pay equity and ensuring gender equality in recruitment, promotions and reward and recognition.
“I am pleased with St Barbara demonstrating that it is possible to address gender equality in what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. As a Pay Equity Ambassador, I encourage more resource companies to participate in the WGEA Employer of Choice program,” Mr Vassie said.