Inspiring change on International Women’s Day

7 March 2014

The theme for International Women’s Day in 2014 is Inspiring Change.

At Pacific Hydro, we like to think that we are doing just that.

Our Global Diversity Strategy aims to increase the number of opportunities for women within our business, especially in senior management roles. Many of our female employees work in non-traditional fields and the company values the skills and attributes that come from a diverse workplace.

We have an industry-leading maternity and paternity leave superannuation policy. This includes paying staff for three months while they are on parental leave and giving them a return to work bonus. We also continue to pay superannuation for the remainder of their parental leave. By continuing to pay superannuation contributions alongside paid leave (at the full rate), this policy starts to address the issue of women enjoying little more than half the superannuation of men at retirement age.

We provide coaching and support for women returning from maternity leave. This initiative has been instrumental in achieving a 100% return to work rate for all women who have taken maternity leave since our inception. Our flexible working policy also allows women to balance their parental and carer responsibilities with a meaningful career path.

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we invited Dr Jill Tomlinson to talk about how she launched the Destroy the Joint movement and how it is making a difference to women in Australia and around the world.

We also held events for women who live in the communities in which we operate - in Port Broughton, South Australia (near our Clements Gap Wind Farm), in Ararat, Victoria (near our Challicum Hills Wind Farm), and in Portland, Victoria (near our Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South wind farms).

These events feature a high tea for secondary school students and staff with local guest speakers and inspirational talks that encourage students to think broadly about their career opportunities. They are a great hit every year.

Being part of the conversation is where change begins and we’re fully engaged.

We’re continuing to develop strategies that challenge the status quo, address women’s equality in the workplace and inspire positive change.

We hope everyone contributes to lasting change.

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