IWD: Celebrating our progress towards greater equality
In the spirit of International Women’s Day (IWD), Broadspectrum sites and offices across Australia are hosting events to celebrate our talented female colleagues and our progress as a society towards greater equality.
Diversity is an essential part of Broadspectrum’s culture and values. Our company focuses on maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive and feel valued. This is critical to attracting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate.
We are making strides on the road to gender equality, but there is still more we can do. Over the past year, we have:
- made progressive changes to our parental leave policy,
- sponsored and participated in the Chief Executive Women Leaders program,
- committed to offering two scholarships at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University for women studying in fields that complement the Broadspectrum business, and
- successfully attracted a 50/50 gender mix in our #SpectrumGrad program across all disciplines.
Watch as our inclusion and diversity ambassadors discuss their career highlights, challenges, and hopes for the future.
For Senior Commercial Advisor Amanda Morton, winning Broadspectrum’s Creating Inclusion Award in 2019 was a career highlight. Amanda said the award gave her the credibility to go and preach her message. “The support from the wider business has been very encouraging. Our leadership supports female progression, opportunities, and equality.”
Communications and Stakeholder Manager, Laura Stokes, said one of the biggest challenges she’s had to overcome in her career was returning to work after having children. “Having this additional responsibility when stepping back into the workforce, and managing the stress and juggle, was definitely a challenge. But now I look back and it was very rewarding as well.”
Indigenous Development Manager, Llewellyn Williams, said, “Working in a predominantly male industry can be challenging, but it can also be a great opportunity to share a different perspective at the table.”
Executive Manager at Broadspectrum’s subsidiary Ten Rivers, Cuong Tran, has created near parity (45-55 per cent female-male) across all disciplines and levels in the organisation. Cuong is also an advocate for gender equality in his personal life. When his two young daughters ask him what they can do for work when they grow up, Cuong tells them, “You can do whatever you like.”