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Celebrating International Women’s Day 

8 May 2019 |Diversity & Inclusion

A video launched on International Women’s Day celebrates Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s commitment to the success of women in our workforce and community.

Press for Progress is the International Women’s Day theme for 2018, a reminder for communities to think, act and be more gender inclusive.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s Chief Customer Officer, Marnie Baker said the video validates the work the Bank is doing for women in the workplace.

"Gender diversity continues to be a key focus for us, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes good business sense," Ms Baker said.

"By creating an inclusive culture for all staff - including for the 61 percent of women we employ nationally, and our customers - of whom more than half are women, we are able to better connect and support the communities where we work.

'I have been employed at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for 28 years. Regardless of my age or stage of my life, I have always felt supported to grow and succeed in my career. I am proud to work at a place where I can confidently say the commitment to support women in the workforce is strong," Ms Baker said.

Women are well represented at all levels of the Bank. In 2018, 40 percent of management, and 28.5 percent of senior management roles are held by women. There is also a 42 percent representation of women in the graduate program.

The recent findings of the global gender gap report* found that gender parity is more than 200 years away, making it vital for all businesses to regularly review their policies and practices regarding diversity.

In 2016, the Executive and Board endorsed a Fair Remuneration Strategy. In the first year we reviewed all salaries at all levels and directed salary budget towards addressing the small number of fair pay gaps identified. There are also regular reviews on gender pay equity, and work towards more transparency to empower everyone to have an honest conversation about how they are being rewarded for the value they create.

The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank International Women’s Day video will be launched to the public through social media channels on Thursday 8 March.

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*Data source: World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report

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