Quality and consistency through collaboration

Sparke Helmore has once again achieved the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

The citation is a voluntary leading practice recognition program, which is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces through the constant review and improvement of our policies, practices and initiatives.

The citation is a rigorous program which measures and holds us accountable against the following criteria over a two-year period:

  • learning and development
  • gender remuneration gaps
  • flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities
  • employee consultation
  • preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination
  • targets for improving gender equality outcomes

Gillian Davidson, Partner and Chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised amongst some of the leading organisations as an Employer of Choice. The citation acknowledges the hard work we have done, but importantly provides a clear roadmap on the actions we need to take to continue to progress gender equality and continue to attract and retain the great talent across our firm.

Andrew White, National Managing Partner said, “Being recognised as an Employer of Choice by WGEA is very pleasing because it recognises our commitment to continuing to progress gender equality across all areas of our firm. However, as we heard at International Women’s Day last week, we recognise that there is still a lot of work to do to ensure we continue to address the barriers to achieving sustainable gender equality. Gender equality is a key priority for me and I’m looking forward to working with our D&I Advisory Committee and Six Degrees Network to continue making progress.

Mary Woodridge, WGEA Director said of the Citation winners, “Critically, these organisations are delivering on a formula that sees better support structures in place for working families; stronger actions to address pay inequalities; and strategic recruitment and promotion practices that help to encourage the full participation of women at work. We extend our congratulations to these leading employers and look forward to working with them closely to accelerate positive change across Australian workplaces.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover six key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Property Environment & Finance, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 850 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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