We’re always looking to encourage greater diversity at Origin, and to rank in the top 10 for gender equality globally shows us that we’re heading in the right direction.
We were part of Equileap’s assessment of more than 3,500 companies worldwide from 23 developed economies, representing 98 million employees. Equileap is a leading data and insights organisation on gender equality in the corporate sector.
The criteria included the gender balance of the workforce, senior management and board of directors, equal pay initiatives, parental leave benefits, non-discriminatory hiring and promotion. All areas where Origin is striving to become an organisation where all staff feel equal, accepted and have great career opportunities.
Increased paid parental leave
In just one example, earlier this year, our paid parental leave provisions were increased to an industry-leading 20 weeks for primary carers. We also removed the 12-month qualifying period, which means that if you’re a great candidate, expecting a new arrival is now no barrier to starting a great new career at Origin. It’s also important to have work flexibility to support our lives outside of work and that adds to a richer, more supportive culture.
More women in senior roles
Each year, equal average pay between women and men is targeted by appointing more women into senior roles and reducing the gap between male and female turnover to zero. Origin continues to aim towards a 45 per cent target for women in senior roles and our recruitment policy is now set so that every shortlist for any external hire must have equal females to males.
Diverse workplaces create good energy
This acknowledgement by Equileap is a tremendous honour, but at the same time we know there is more we can do to ensure women are on an equal footing to men. Origin is a great place and somewhere we hope that all employees feel supported in their lives outside of work as well as in their day-to-day role.
Origin Energy is made up of a team of over 4000 people, each with their own story. We’re Australia’s leading energy retailer and we’re striving to get energy right for our customers, communities and planet.