Zurich Australia awarded gender equality certification

Zurich Financial Services Australia (Zurich) has announced its Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification in Australia.

Zurich Australia has achieved EDGE Assess, the first level of certification offered by EDGE, which provides data and benchmarking measures to support the identification of specific initiatives to improve gender equality.

In Nov 2015 Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) became the first global company in the insurance industry to receive ‘EDGE’ certification in key markets of its operations-Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

“Zurich’s initiatives such as inclusive leadership, focus on gender equality, flexible working, our diversity council and employee resource groups including the Women’s Innovation Group and LGBTI group have supported stronger awareness of inclusiveness and encouraged proactivity from management and employees,” said Sue Maher, Country Head of HR, Zurich Australia and NZ.

EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. EDGE Certification has been designed to help companies not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it.

“Receiving EDGE Certification is a demonstration of Zurich’s strategic commitment to diversity and inclusion. It’s a key pillar in ensuring Zurich in Australia has the right mix of talent to succeed,” said Tim Bailey, CEO, Zurich Life & Investments, Australia.

As a result of the EDGE analysis, Zurich has committed to making further improvements over the next two years, following targeted equality strategies including:
– Equal pay for equivalent work: proactively managing pay equity
– Flexible work: Implementing the company’s flexible work program so
employees can get the most from different ways of working,
– Recruitment and promotion: improving understanding and transparency of promotion processes.