Seven West Media Named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Seven West Media has proudly announced that it is the first media company in Australia to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Seven West Media is one of only 12 new change organizations across Australia to receive the highly regarded citation in 2022, having been assessed against extensive and rigorous criteria.

The citation is a significant recognition of the company’s leadership in the industry and an important endorsement of its commitment to driving positive change and achieving gender equality in the workplace.

Seven West Media, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said, “Diversity and inclusiveness are core to our values ​​and part of our business strategy at all levels. We are focused on achieving gender equality across our business.

“Currently, 52% of our employees are women in on-screen and off-screen roles, and female representation makes up 51% of our leadership positions.

“Being recognized as a Top Employer for Women is an important milestone for Seven West Media and one that we are extremely proud of, but our work is not done.

“It’s just part of our continued evolution to create a supportive, flexible and equitable workplace for all people to be recognized and thrive.”

Katie McGrath (main photo), Director of People and Culture at Seven West Media, said: “Creating a safe environment and a richly diverse culture is essential for any successful business. We have taken progressive steps to increase the representation of women in leadership positions and are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring ongoing gender balance at all levels of Seven West Media, including recruitment and development opportunities. careers.

“The WGEA citation builds on our continued responsibility to promote diversity, equality and inclusion while actively engaging with communities across Australia.

“The latest quote comes after Seven West Media was once again the proud broadcast partner of UN Women Australia for International Women’s Day. We are also the official media partner of White Ribbon Day and have recently done part of our intention to develop our first reconciliation action plan with Reconciliation Australia.

“Our extensive charitable activities also make a positive contribution to a better Australia, with Seven West Media donating over $34 million a year in airtime to over 140 organizations across the country. Our 2021 Good Friday Appeal raised $18 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, and over $48 million was raised during Channel 7’s Perth Telethon last year,” it said. she stated.

Seven has implemented a number of people-focused policies and support systems to improve gender equality. These include policies to eliminate the gender pay gap, targets to improve gender equality outcomes, flexible working, gender-neutral paid parental leave, employee consultations and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination.

One hundred and twenty Australian companies sit alongside Seven West Media as the WGEA’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, including Accenture, Allianz, Blackmores, Deloitte, ING, Kellogg, Medibank, PwC, Telstra, Woolworths and many more. others.

WGEA Director Mary Wooldridge said: “Each year we accept nominations for our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from employers who raise the bar when it comes to is about driving change, creating the circumstances that allow all people, regardless of gender, to thrive.

“Having passed our evidence-based benchmarking assessments, our EOCGE Citation holders are officially recognized as some of Australia’s best employers, who are committed and dedicated to taking action to achieve gender equality.

“Essentially, these organizations are offering a formula that puts in place better support structures for working families; stronger actions to fight against wage inequalities; and strategic recruitment and promotion practices that help encourage the full participation of women in the workplace.

“We are extending our congratulations to these leading employers, and we look forward to working closely with them to accelerate positive change in Australian workplaces.