Melbourne – October 2016
L’Oréal Australia is delighted to announce that for the first time, their Management Committee is majority female. The team which leads a workforce of 1,500 employees across the country, now comprises seven females and four males. The group of talented female leaders includes the Operations Director, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager IT, HR Director, Communications Director, General Counsel and General Manager, Luxury Division.
For over 100 years the L’Oréal Group has been passionate about building the confidence of women through its mission, Beauty for All. This is just as important internally and with a focus on developing workplace practices and policies which support women to develop their careers, the business has embedded strong female leaders who are positive roles models for all employees, as well as the broader community.
“We want to be a workplace where both women and men thrive, and by our employees seeing and working with more female leaders over the past few years we have demonstrated the value of greater gender equality,” says Christine Burke, Corporate Communications Director. “Being part of a majority female Executive Committee makes me even more proud to work at L’Oréal Australia.”
In addition to the female representation at the highest level, L’Oréal Australia is the first Australian company to be certified with the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) global standard for workplace gender equality. The EDGE assessment is the only business certification for gender equality in the workplace that is universally applicable across industries and countries.
Over a six month process, L’Oréal Australia participated in the EDGE certification process, which included a comprehensive review of the company’s gender policies and practices. As part of the evaluation, employees were surveyed on gender equality relating to recruitment and promotion, leadership training and mentorship, flexible work, company culture and equal pay for equivalent work.
“As a leader within the global L’Oréal Group, I’m proud to see developments in the area of gender equality,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director L’Oréal Australia. “For me, it’s always been about having the best people in roles and by having a workplace culture which encourages flexibility and development of females, we are now in the strong position of having more females who are ready to take on leadership roles. Diversity across our business will continue to be our focus and we will keep working to develop new ways to ensure our company encourages gender equality.”
L’Oréal Australia is part of the L’Oréal Group. L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.26 billion euros in 2015 and employs 82,900 people worldwide. As the world’s leading Beauty Company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail and branded retail.
L’Oréal Australia has 25 brands available across all channels nationwide. The business employs almost 900 people who work in all states and territories.
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