October 15 was the International Day of Rural Women and members of the CSBP team marked the occasion by attending the Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network’s (RRR) Breaking the Mould for Gender Equality lunch in Perth. 

The event focused on the positive economic impact of gender equality and the progress that has been made towards gender equity in regional Western Australia to date.

West Australian Minister for Agriculture, Alannah MacTiernan MLC opened the event and said that although statistics indicated there is a long way to go towards achieving gender equality in regional WA, she was seeing the successes of regional women every day.

The Minister for Women’s Interests, Simone McGurk followed Ms MacTiernan. She said the business case for gender equality was well established and that evidence continues to show that it is not only the right thing but the smart thing to do for business.

The gender pay gap in WA is 21.8% higher than the 14% reported nationally.

 

Leaders from BHP, Fortescue Metals Group and Deloitte each spoke about their company’s gender and diversity targets. Some of the initiatives these companies have implemented to improve diversity in their work forces include flexible working arrangements, mitigating bias and ensuring they are an attractive place to work for a diverse range of people. 

At the end of the event guests gathered to sign the RRR Network’s Breaking the Mould banner to show their support for gender equality and their commitment to breaking the mould. 

CSBP Fertilisers has a corporate partnership with the RRR Network. To read more about the RRR Network and the events and opportunities they provide in regional WA, please visit their website.

Ben Sudlow and Scott Stephens signing RRR Network banner

 

Breaking the mould for gender equality

From left to right: Customer Service Officer Maree Puca, Customer Service Officer Shelley Anderson, General Manager Tanya Rybarczyk, Customer Service Officer Scott Stephens, Credit Officer Erin Mason, Sales and Marketing Manager Ben Sudlow, Marketing Officer Sarah Jasper, Strategic Marketing Manager Kaisa Freeman and Digital Marketing Lead Leanne Robinson. 

 
By Sarah Jasper
- Marketing Officer - Content and Community Investment
 

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