City West Water recognised for gender diversity

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City West Water has been recognised by the Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, for reaching 45 per cent female representation across its workforce.

The following statistics were announced at the VicWater Annual Conference 2017 in Melbourne:

  • 45 per cent of City West Water’s total workforce are female (total workforce of 448 employees)
  • 40 per cent of senior leaders are female
  • 43 per cent of City West Water’s Executive Leadership Team are female

According to City West Water General Manager People and Capability, Louise Meadows, this achievement reflects the organisation’s genuine dedication to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business.

“These statistics are a fantastic result,” said Ms Meadows.

“They are testament to the hard work we have done to show how we are moving beyond compliance, shifting the work environment from one that simply understands and accepts diversity to one that proactively champions it.

“These results also indicate that we have already met our 17/18 target of 40 per cent of our leaders being women, and sets us well on our way to achieving our ultimate goal of a total workforce gender balance target of 50 per cent by 2020.”

City West Water Managing Director, David Ryan, said that diversity and inclusion form the basis of the mentality toward people and culture at City West Water.

“City West Water embraces diversity in all forms, whether it be gender, race, cultural background or sexual orientation,” said Mr Ryan.

“Earlier this year, City West Water implemented a new diversity and inclusion strategy which sets a clear framework for achieving related targets within the workplace out to 2020.  This program is also supported by our Culture, Alt, Shift program to kick start awareness and involvement from all staff.

“We believe that our people are our most important asset, and the differences among us provide opportunities to learn and grow. Our operating area is home to people from more than 130 different cultures, and our people are a reflection of the wonderfully diverse community we serve.”

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