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At ANZ, improving the representation of women in leadership and achieving gender equality is a business imperative - it’s about accessing the talent, markets and economic opportunities that gender equality brings.

Key initiatives and programs

We report on performance against our public targets through our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting. Our annual ESG Supplement highlights some of the key initiatives and programs we have put in place to address gender balance, including:

  • Gender balanced recruitment practices: ensuring a female candidate is interviewed for every role, and all interview panels contain at least one woman.
  • How We Work and flexible working: all roles can be worked flexibly at ANZ, ensuring we are better able to meet the needs of our customers and our staff. How We Work is an evolution of flexible working whereby the vast majority of our teams will work to a 'hybrid' or 'blended' model - that is two to three days in the office and two to three days at home.
  • Employee networks: grass roots networks that focus on gender balance issues.
  • Return to Work: this program is focused on removing the barriers faced by highly skilled individuals, particularly women, when trying to return to the workforce after a career break.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency Reporting

In accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, ANZ publicly reports to WGEA annually.

Partnerships and initiatives

ANZ is also a signatory to:

  • 40:40 Vision - an initiative that seeks to achieve gender balance of senior leadership at ASX200 Australian companies by 2030.
  • Women's Empowerment Principles - a set of seven principles that offer guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
  • Diversity Council Australia  #IStandForRespect campaign - a commitment to stand against gendered harassment and violence in all its forms and to take steps to address sexual and sex-based harassment, to make the workplace safe for everyone.

Chief Executive Women

ANZ is the principal business partner of Chief Executive Women (CEW). We have shared goals to increase the representation of women in senior leadership roles and boardrooms and to increase the economic empowerment and financial capability of women.

In 2021, ANZ and CEW launched a new scholarship opportunity for women leaders working across the fields of environmental and corporate sustainability as well as sustainable finance. The CEW & ANZ Sustainability Scholarship is designed for female sustainability practitioners with at least five years leadership experience looking to develop their skills and enhance their capabilities. For further information click here.


Non-Binary and Transgender inclusion

Our ANZ Pride Network focuses on gender inclusion beyond the binary. Read more about our Pride Network.