Konica Minolta again recognised for gender equality

Konica Minolta Australia has been awarded a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for the fourth consecutive year for its commitment to gender equality.

The citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Konica Minolta Australia managing director Dr David Cooke says the citation recognises the effort the technology company continuously makes towards making the company an inclusive environment for both men and women.

Last year Konica Minolta instituted new parental leave policy which allowed all new parents, either mother or father, to take 12 weeks paid maternity leave. The company has also instituted a number of policies to help employees stay healthy, safe and enjoy a good work-life balance.

“Konica Minolta is pleased to have again been acknowledged by the WGEA as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality,” Dr Cooke said.

“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.”

WGEA director Libby Lyons says greater emphasis was placed this year on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal processes.

“I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements. All these organisations are at the forefront of the momentum for change towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equal future for both women and men,” Lyons said.

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.”

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 that are designed with gender equality in mind to make sure employees are supported in achieving health, safety and a good work-life balance including:

  • 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.



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