The team which leads a workforce of 1,500 employees across the country, now comprises seven females and four males. The group of talented female leaders includes the Operations Director, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager IT, HR Director, Communications Director, General Counsel and General Manager, Luxury Division.
For over 100 years the L’Oréal Group has been passionate about building the confidence of women through its mission, Beauty for All. This is just as important internally and with a focus on developing workplace practices and policies which support women to develop their careers, the business has embedded strong female leaders who are positive roles models for all employees, as well as the broader community.
“We want to be a workplace where both women and men thrive, and by our employees seeing and working with more female leaders over the past few years we have demonstrated the value of greater gender equality,” says Christine Burke, Corporate Communications Director. “Being part of a majority female Executive Committee makes me even more proud to work at L’Oréal Australia.”
In addition to the female representation at the highest level, L’Oréal Australia is the first Australian company to be certified with the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) global standard for workplace gender equality. The EDGE assessment is the only business certification for gender equality in the workplace that is universally applicable across industries and countries.
Over a six month process, L’Oréal Australia participated in the EDGE certification process, which included a comprehensive review of the company’s gender policies and practices. As part of the evaluation, employees were surveyed on gender equality relating to recruitment and promotion, leadership training and mentorship, flexible work, company culture and equal pay for equivalent work.
“As a leader within the global L’Oréal Group, I’m proud to see developments in the area of gender equality,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director L’Oréal Australia. “For me, it’s always been about having the best people in roles and by having a workplace culture which encourages flexibility and development of females, we are now in the strong position of having more females who are ready to take on leadership roles. Diversity across our business will continue to be our focus and we will keep working to develop new ways to ensure our company encourages gender equality."