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Newsroom Archive: Mar 2013

  1. 8 March 2013

    Coca-Cola Amatil signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles on International Women’s Day

    As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to gender equality and diversity, CCA’s Group Managing Director Terry Davis, today signed the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, seven steps which global businesses are taking to advance and empower female employees.

    “Signing the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles is a positive initiative for CCA,” Mr Davis said during a morning tea at the company’s North Sydney head office to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    “We recognise that diversity is good for business and we know that to be an even more successful company and corporate citizen our staff should reflect and closely resemble the communities we operate in.”

    UN Women Australia Executive Director Julie McKay said: “We welcome this commitment from CCA to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles and champion gender equality within their business.

    “CCA joins companies across the world who have shown leadership in promoting gender diversity in their workforces, and have recognised the business benefits of gender equality.”

    The Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business – are produced and disseminated by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact. They provide a guidance for actions that all people can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to empower women and benefit companies and societies.

    CCA is the ninth Australian company to sign the Principles.

    CCA’s Gender Diversity Policy includes:

    • A strategy for sourcing, inclusion and retention of women.
    • Setting company-wide goals for gender equality, including targets. In 2012, CCA Australian Beverages achieved the goal of 29% participation for female managers, and 29% for female employees overall.
    • A system of pay equity analysis.
    • Clear workplace policies regarding appropriate workplace conduct, discrimination, and the provision of safe and healthy workplaces, as well as a flexible work options policy and access to a Corporate Family Program – an information resource for employees to get information on parenting and elder care.
    • A zero-tolerance approach to all forms of violence at work, including verbal and/or physical abuse, and sexual harassment.

    Mr Davis said: “We still have work to do to improve our gender balance, however we’re confident that by working with the support of UN Women we will be able to continue our progress.”

  2. 5 March 2013

    UN WOMEN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2013

    HELP GIVE WOMEN AND GIRLS EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE ACCESS TO THE SERVICES THEY NEED

    International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th each year. UN Women Australia is holding events across Australia this week to mark the celebrations.

    UN Women Australia’s theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is ending violence against women. 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience physical violence at some point in their lives. 1 in 5 women are a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime.

    This year UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day fundraising will focus on supporting the Critical Services Initiative in Papua New Guinea which provides funds to nations to improve services and support available to women and children experiencing violence.

    “Violence against women is a global emergency which affects women from all nations and all backgrounds,” Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay said.

    “Gender-based violence has a scarring effect on the women and families involved and a debilitating effect on the social and economic fabric of the communities and nations in which it occurs.

    “Women in the Pacific experience some of the highest levels of violence in the world. In Papua New Guinea, up to 65% of women and girls have experienced physical violence, sexual violence or both. The figure is close to 100% in the Highlands.

    “Access to quality, universal and free critical services for women experiencing violence is a crucial step in assisting women and girls at a time of crisis. This is why UN Women Australia is calling on all supporters to assist women and girls who experience violence by donating to the Critical Services Initiative this International Women’s Day.”

    UN Women Australia is proud to have PwC and Westpac Group as our Platinum partners for International Women’s Day 2013.

    Westpac Group has partnered with UN Women Australia for the last three years and the partnership is part of the Westpac Group’s signature commitment to supporting gender equity in the workplace and economic security for women.

    PwC has also been in partnership with UN Women Australia for the past four years. The partnership is part of the firm’s broader commitment to fostering a culture that celebrates and embraces diversity.

    The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is UN Women Australia’s Government Partner for International Women’s Day.

    “AusAID is working with UN Women Australia to raise awareness of the severity of violence against women across the world,” said AusAID’s Director General Peter Baxter.

    “Australia is committed to being part of the global effort to end violence against women, and has made it a key priority of Australia’s aid program.”

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