What is Workplace Equality and Respect?

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    Workplace Equality and Respect is an evidence-based approach and can guide you to embed gender equality in your workplace and prevent sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence including domestic and family violence.

    The process

    The Workplace Equality and Respect process walks you through four key steps you can take to assess your business, identify priority areas and implement actions to embed gender equality.

    No two businesses are alike, so it also allows you to select different initiatives or focus on different areas based on your unique needs.

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    This process includes:

    readiness assessment

    project planning

    benchmarking and diagnostics

    action planning and review.

    With these elements in place, you will be ready to implement change.

    The standards

    Workplace Equality and Respect is framed around five standards:





    Core business

    If businesses promote a culture of equality and respect across these areas, they can address the drivers of gender-based violence.

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    Gender equality is good for business

    The benefits for business leaders

    be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining staff

    strengthen culture and improve productivity and business performance

    build your own, and your business’ reputation as a leader for positive change

    mitigate risk of harm to employees and litigation against your business

    meet staff and consumer expectations that businesses act on gender equality

    Workplace gender equality is associated with a range of positive outcomes for individual businesses and for the national economy.

    Increased organisational performance

    The annual Gender Equality at Work report, which considered the performance of ASX200 companies, states that companies with greater diversity among their management and directorships are less volatile and sustain better than average performance on a range of metrics. It found:

    • Companies with female chairs had the best performing yearly share price changes.
    • Female CEOs had revenue increases above the market average.
    • Companies or organisations with female CFOs were in line with or above the market average on all metrics assessed.

    When workplaces are equally appealing to women and men, organisations have access to a larger talent pool. Employees value positive workplace cultures and environments that offer gender equality policies and practices, flexible working arrangements and support for employees with family and caring responsibilities.

    — Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2016.

    Enhanced organisational reputation

    Working to change the social and structural conditions that drive violence is good for business as it builds trust and loyalty and enhances the workplaces reputation by showing leadership on issues the community cares about.

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    Workplace Equality and Respect is a four-step process with free tools and resources to support your business along the journey.

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    These free tools and resources will support your workplace to address gender inequality and prevent violence against women.