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Russell Kennedy Lawyers recognised for commitment to gender equality

Russell Kennedy Lawyers is pleased to be publically recognised as an organisation committed to gender equality by the granting of an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.

This article has been covered in Lawyers Weekly here and Australasian Lawyer here.

The Australian Government statutory agency, Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), has today announced the recipients of the citation here.

This is the first year the firm has applied for the citation from WGEA and it is a reflection of the commitment from the firm to gender equality. It is formal recognition of the inclusive culture fostered at Russell Kennedy. 

Russell Kennedy's Managing Partner, Paul Gleeson, said the achievement is a piece of a larger firm wide approach: “The WGEA EOCGE citation fits with our ‘make a difference’ philosophy and forms part of our journey to continue to shape the culture of our firm.  I’m pleased to take the lead as Chair of Russell Kennedy's Gender Equality Committee.”

Mr Gleeson last year signed the pledge to be a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador, “pay equity will assist Russell Kennedy attract a broader talent pool, improve engagement and productivity and enhance the firm’s reputation as a great place to work”.

WGEA Director Libby Lyons said: “This year, I am particularly delighted to see some of the innovative and exciting initiatives by our EOCGE citation holders on such issues as flexibility, paid parental leave, supporting women in leadership and addressing gender pay gaps.”

“I congratulate all the 2017-18 citation holders for their commitment and recognition of benefits improved gender equality can bring to their business. These employers are setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow.” said Ms Lyons.

Russell Kennedy’s Head of People & Culture, Leanda Nissen, took a lead role in the successful application for the citation: "The trends identified by WGEA from the applications are a true reflection on our own submission and our firm wide initiatives. Formal flexible work practices, tailored parental leave policies, programs to increase women in leadership and action on gender pay gaps.”

Last year Russell Kennedy launch its formal Gender Equality Strategy on International Women’s Day. 

Convenor of the Russell Kennedy Women’s Network and Principal, Marika Hubble-Marriott, said at the launch: “The Strategy complements the work the Network has done over the last 5 years and consolidates our commitment to achieving gender equality.  The Strategy sets out ways to achieve accountability – what gets measured gets done – and that gender remains on the agenda.  Gender equality aims to benefit both men and women in their professional and personal lives.”

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