At FB Rice we are continuously striving for gender equality at all levels within the firm and seeing gender based discrimination and harassment eliminated from the community of which we are part. Receiving WGEA’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation 2021-23 has provided the framework around which FB Rice will ultimately meet its goal of gender equality at all levels within the firm.
Driven by our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, in 2021 we established a detailed Gender Equity Plan; a plan enlisted with the support and guidance from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). WGEA is an Australian Government initiative charged with encouraging, recognising and promoting active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Last year WGEA named us as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holder for 2021-23. It was an honour to be the first IP specialist firm cited, demonstrating our leadership in the area of diversity, and affirming the meaningful steps we are taking to drive positive change.
Receiving this citation does not mean we are done. Our Gender Equity Plan continues to be a priority at FB Rice. However, over the last two years, we’ve accelerated positive change by introducing a number of gender equality policies and initiatives.
FB Rice continues to focus on leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration equality, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and setting targets for improving gender equality outcomes. Some of our recent initiatives to drive gender equality are outlined below.
Some of these include:
*According to WGEA, Australia’s base salary gender pay gap is highest in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (25.3%) and lowest in Other Services (2.3%).