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The Workplace Gender Equality Agency found that the beverages giant was again one of Australia’s leading employers for gender equality.

Lion CEO Stuart Irvine said he was delighted by the company’s record on gender equality.

“As an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) holder, we are proud to be among some of Australia’s leading change-makers who are committed to embedding gender equality in the workplace.”

Irvine believes it is recent changes to working practices that have helped Lion retain its EOCGE status.

“Last year we took a step further in our journey towards workplace gender equality and evolved our gender target to a minimum 40 per cent representation of both men and women in teams, and we are on track to reach our 2030 goal,” Irvine commented.

“This is in addition to the work we’ve done updating the Families@Lion parental leave offering to be more inclusive and expanding our Domestic and Family Abuse policy and support.”

Director of The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Mary Wooldridge provided some detail on the process and criteria for EOCGE holders.

“Each year we accept applications for our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from those employers who are raising the bar when it comes to driving change, creating the circumstances that allow all people, regardless of their gender, to thrive,” Woolridge said.

“After passing through our evidence-based benchmarking evaluations, our EOCGE citation holders are officially recognised as some of the best employers in Australia who are committed and dedicated to action in achieving gender equality.”

“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.”

Finally, Irvine was keen to recognise the efforts of Lion’s fellow EOCGE recipients: “Congratulations to all citation recipients who are paving the way for change. We are proud to stand alongside you.”

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