Every year, International Women's Day (8 March) celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.

At AGL, we are proud of our diverse and inclusive culture. We know that diversity of culture, experience, and education inspires better conversations, greater innovation, and stronger business outcomes. Gender diversity is an important part of this.

Over the past year, we’ve been focused on attracting, retaining and promoting talented women at all levels – with an emphasis on operational-related and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – related career pathways.

We’ve been working hard to improve gender pay equity across the business – with our average pay gap between female and male employees in like-for-like roles, now 0%. We also continue to invest in our people’s personal and professional growth and provide opportunities for emerging leaders to gain critical career experiences.

Changing normal

This International Women’s Day, it’s important we celebrate these achievements – but also reflect on the work we still need to do to create a more equal world.

This year’s theme, #EachforEqual highlights the need for ‘collective individualism’. Collective individualism is the concept that every single one of us is unique, but at the same time alike – we’re unique individuals, but none of us are any better, or any worse, than anybody else.

#EachforEqual means thinking about what each of us can do to improve equality, not just in the workplace – but more broadly through what we do, what we say, and how we think.

AGL Equality – our employee-driven network advocating for gender equality – continues to play an important role in connecting our people and empowering them to achieve their career goals through training, networking, and mentoring opportunities.

They are also delivering a wide range of initiatives and events across AGL in the lead up to International Women’s Day – including a Progressive Panel event in Melbourne, which will be delivered in partnership with Medibank, Telstra, NAB and Australia Post (each company will host the panel consecutively throughout the day).

What does #EachforEqual mean to you?

Our focus across all these events is thinking differently and reducing ‘unconscious bias’ in the workplace – actions and words that we use every day, which indirectly discriminate against certain societal groups.

These biases may occur in our turns-of-phrase, in the assumptions we make around caring responsibilities, or even the designs of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), all of which can, inadvertently, preclude certain people from feeling included or empowered.

It’s important for us all to acknowledge these biases when they arise, to call them out – and work together to address them. This will not only tackle the problems we face now, but it will develop and promote a more open and equitable mindset to tackle deeper problems we may face in the future.

To find out more about what’s happening across Australia and around the world on 8 March, visit the International Women’s Day website.