The CEO is the most important person in an organisation when building gender equality. It is near impossible to move the organisation to gender equality and an inclusive culture if the CEO does not passionately want their organisation to change.
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So what should a CEO do to show they support gender equality?
- Develop a clear, succinct and personal statement about why gender equality is important to them personally
- Use that statement on the website, in the annual report and on all forms of communication so that it sticks
- Measure and review the metrics of your organisation including hiring, promoting and remuneration of women
- Build gender equality goals into the REM of the senior leaders team to ensure they know you are serious.
- Review your WGEA and annual reports to ensure you know the situation in your organisation
- Understand “unconscious bias” and how this plays into assumptions made about women (and men) in the work place.
- Understand how our community has changed with more pressure on families to have two salaries and more involvement by men with their families.
- Build sponsoring and mentoring programs to facilitate talented men and women into leadership roles.
- Build realistic and achievable gender equality targets for your organisation and ensure they are communicated and metrics reviewed regularly.
- Understand this is a challenging cultural issue that will require ongoing and long-term focus.
Show that you are serious about gender equality outside your organisation
- Become a “Champion of Change” in your state or industry sector so that you have the opportunity to meet with other CEO’s supporting Gender Equality
- Become an Equal Pay Ambassador with WGEA.org.au and commit to ensuring gender pay equality in your organisation
- Sign up to HEforSHE (http://fortune.com/2015/06/18/male-ceos-heforshe-gender-equity/)
- Offer your time to share what is working for you to achieve gender equality in your organisation.
Remember gender equality is not women’s business it is everyone’s business and research shows it makes good business!