Date: 
Wednesday 6 November 2013

The Male Champions of Change have released their 2013 report entitled Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership: Listening, Learning, Leading which is the culmination of concerted actions they have taken in their respective organisations over the last 18 months.

Established in April 2010 with the encouragement of Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, the MCCs are 21 CEOs, Australian Government department heads and non-executive directors from Australia’s largest companies and government organisations who have come together to solve the issues of gender equality and low representation of women in leadership positions in Australia.

“The Listening, Learning, Leading report is significant because it contains 12 recommended ‘high impact actions’ - which the Male Champions of Change have identified through their experience - that business can implement to address gender imbalance and the low representation of women in leadership positions in their organisations,” said Commissioner Broderick. ”These recommendations will be very useful to businesses of any size that are looking at addressing gender equality in the workplace.”

The report, billed as a ‘letter to business leaders’, was released at the male Champions of Change 2013 Business Forum, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

“This was a truly historic event,” Commissioner Broderick said. “Our audience of over 400 people attending the launch of a report on equality for women in the workplace was composed of more men than women.”

Listening, Learning, Leading suggests businesses and organisations consider the 12 actions in the context of four over-arching themes- stepping up as leaders, creating accountability, disrupting the status quo, and dismantling barriers for carers.

“The Male Champions believe these actions have the potential to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women in leadership as demonstrated by the results that have already been achieved in their organisations,”  said Ms Broderick.

She quoted one of the male Champions, who said, “None of us want to say ever again - ’this is going to take time’ - we have all said this enough.”

He said he hoped the practical, inter-connected and non-regulated actions in the report will inspire businesses and accelerate the pace of change.

Commissioner Broderick said the significance of the Male Champions of Change, as a group, could be summed up by a statement from the report: “Acting together will help our country reap the productivity, performance and innovation advantage that we know diversity delivers.”

The report is available at www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/accelerating-advancement-women-leadership-listening-learning-leading