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By Konica Minolta 25 Feb 2020
Dr. David Cooke, managing director; Gabrielle Stevens, chief people and culture officer; and Meredith Roach, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer

Konica Minolta receives fourth WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation

Konica Minolta Australia received a 2019-20 Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in recognition of its continuing and unwavering commitment to gender equality in the workplace.

The WGEA EOCGE citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. This year, Konica Minolta is one of 119 recipients of the 2019-20 EOCGE citation with trends among the recipients including:

  • engraining organisation-wide flexible work practices
  • parental leave policies that support use by women and men
  • programs to increase women in leadership
  • initiatives to support women to return to work
  • analysis and correction of gender pay gaps along.

Konica Minolta has been actively working to create a diverse and inclusive workplace for many years and recently released its 2019 Gender Equality Strategy, which states the following goals:

  • creating an organisational culture and a working environment that is inclusive and fair to both women and men
  • improving the representation of women in leadership and management positions
  • improving gender balance across the organisation and the representation of women and men in job categories with greater than 40 per cent representation
  • removing gender pay gaps
  • providing a flexible and supportive workplace for all employees at all levels, including those with caring responsibilities.

Further Konica Minolta has a number of key policies supporting gender equality and diversity in the workplace, which also supports the citation:

  • Domestic and Family Violence Support Policy, which provides comprehensive paid leave, flexible working arrangements and employee assistance programs for employees who are affected by a family or domestic violence situation.
  • Workplace Flexibility Policy to help balance work and other responsibilities to achieve an effective work-life balance. 
  • Parental Leave Policy, which provides 12 weeks for both parents and can be taken at any time in the first three years.

Hear from our managing director and other key stakeholders:

Dr. David Cooke, managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said, "Konica Minolta is pleased to have again been acknowledged by the WGEA as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. Each year the bar gets higher, and we continue to look for new ways to create a company that’s a great place to work for everyone. Our new parental leave policy removes the distinction between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer and enables all new parents to take 12 weeks paid leave. It’s wonderful to know we’re able to provide support for people to enjoy this special time in their lives.”

Gabrielle Stevens, chief people and culture officer, Konica Minolta, said, “Having targets is one thing, but helping our employees understand the value of gender diversity and what’s involved to create opportunities for women in leadership and non-traditional roles takes a shared desire for change. Providing a flexible and supportive workplace is in Konica Minolta’s DNA and it goes a long way to enabling our employees to balance their work and life commitments.”

Benton Johnson, business analyst, Konica Minolta, said, “As a parent, knowing that I have support to take the time to spend with a newborn and support my partner is priceless.” 

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