L’Oréal Australia pledges its ongoing commitment to gender equality on International Women’s Day
Thursday 8th March, 2018
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to accelerate gender parity. Today continues to be an important day for L’Oréal Australia as we are committed to gender equality both in our workplace and externally to our consumers with our mission Beauty for All.
Last year’s IWD theme was #BeBoldForChange, and as part of L’Oréal Australia’s commitment, we were very proud to receive the MOVE level of EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) Certification, in August of 2017. This is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. Our commitment to gender equality continues to be front and centre within our workplace culture, as we work towards creating a more gender inclusive world to help drive better outcomes for women.
This year’s IWD theme is #PressforProgress uniting communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. As part of our commitment, in 2018 L’Oréal Australia is hoping to achieve the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality accreditation, to ensure we continue to develop a workplace where both men and women thrive.
This accreditation would recognise L’Oréal Australia’s focus on equal pay parity, flexible work arrangements and the recent implementation of our equal parental leave for all employees.
Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice
This is a leading practice recognition program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian Workplaces.
To be accredited as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality we will need to meet strict criteria in the areas of leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible work and other arrangements.
Secondary Carer’s Leave
Our newly launched parental leave provides all L’Oréal employees equal paid leave for secondary and primary carer’s.
This initiative means that if a L’Oréal employee’s partner takes parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child, then the L’Oréal employee will be entitled to take 10 days paid leave immediately after the birth or adoption, followed by 12 paid weeks once their partner has returned to work (within the first 12 months).This matches the entitlement our employees currently receive as a primary carer.
This initiative was a key step to providing equality within our workplace that supports both parents to have significant time as a full-time carer, it also aims to make it easier for the primary carer to return to work and fosters a culture of shared parental responsibilities.
Our flexible workplace
Each person at L’Oréal Australia has their own unique circumstances and we know there’s no “one size fits all”. Therefore, we believe providing workplace flexibility is critical to ensuring an environment that benefits both our employees and the business.
Our people are encouraged to think about the best work arrangement to help them achieve both their professional and personal goals. Supporting our flexible work culture are the new L’Oréal behaviours of cooperation, trust, empowerment, fairness, transparency and respect.
Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand