Does ANZ walk the talk?

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Mike Smith, CEO of ANZ Bank, has been a vocal supporter of the ramped up gender equality reporting requirements.  In fact, he is quite the poster boy for the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Helen Conway.  (She also likes to mention Treasury Secretary, Martin Parkinson, even though Treasury, along with the entire public sector, is exempt from the reporting requirements – oops.)

So how is ANZ going at walking the talk?

If we look at the ANZ Management Board – the most senior executives – there are twelve in total.  And three are women.  NOT BAD, but no CIGAR, I’m afraid.

(And how common is it to see women in the HR role – must be women’s work, I guess.)

My advice to Smith – when you get to 50 per cent at the senior level, come back and we can have a chat.

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26 Responses to Does ANZ walk the talk?

  1. Token

    Did he also commit to black-ban anyone who calls a woman “Bossy”?

    FFS, the customers of ANZ want an effective service, not an ineffective service staff by the perfect gender / race / sexuality / age mix.

  2. james

    Judith are you supporting Gender quotas?

    Sorry seems a bit vague.

    You are correct that if idiots want to pose in a position of politically correct self righteous superiority then they should be held to account, but quotas of any kind offend me.

    I would rather Mike Smith be a a hypocrite than a zealot .

  3. Max

    As I said yesterday it seems like the ALP have apparatchiks embedded in many many corporates across the country. AND they seem to be coordinated in their attempts to dominate the new cycle in a “Ruddesque” fashion.

    There is def something going on here.

  4. Gab

    Quotas mean elevating incompetence to meet some absurd gender requirement. Promote by merit not gender. Hire based on abilities, talent and qualifications, not gender.

  5. .

    Why are Australian bank executives besides Alan Moss and the chaps who started Colonial Mutual’s trading arm so incompetent?

  6. Infidel Tiger

    What the hell is wrong with the Australian business community? Shut up, do your job and make your shareholders money. That’s your only job, pal.

  7. Max

    What the hell is wrong with the Australian business community?

    Stockholm syndrome hangover from the Rudd/ Gillard Regime?

  8. MACK1

    Can we talk about something useful please?

  9. .

    The only relevant quotas to business are ones beginning with a “$”…

  10. james

    What the hell is wrong with the Australian business community?

    Big business enjoys sucking up to big government.

    They see it as an easy way to ensure future market share by making sure new regulations and taxes fall disproportionately on their competitors.

    Only imbecile lefties think that big corporates are inherently “Right wing”..

  11. nerblnob

    Big businesses seem to have more in common with bureaucracies than with smaller businesses. Maybe it’s a function of size.

  12. .

    I could double ANZ’s profits tomorrow and I could set them up for sustainable profit growth.

    Any young turk could do so.

    A lot of it would first involve gutting HR, upper management and shit employees. A new merit system will be implemented. Employee of the month is the employee who makes the company the most money.

    ANZ was the most troubled bank of the big 4 in the GFC. Why isn’t this fat prick worried about their balance sheet?

  13. Up The Workers!

    Mike Smith could always prove his bona fides by having a sex change.

    P.S. – Do you think there is a chance that Mike Smith could be Paul “Piggy” Howes’ dad? There is a strong resemblance.

  14. Token

    What the hell is wrong with the Australian business community? Shut up, do your job and make your shareholders money. That’s your only job, pal.

    Sounds like the returns of most of the Australian super funds are going to nose dive.

  15. James of the Glen

    I last saw a male staff member in the ANZ branch I use…mm..might be 12 years ago. Possibly longer.

    Has Mike Smith has secreted all males, sans himself, in a remote building somewhere?

    In fact, I’m getting a little sick of Mike Smith’s ANZ. It took over the ES&A Bank which the family used since the 1800′s, and now all we hear is how the ANZ supports some ostrich feathers-stuffed-up-your-arse mardi gras, and other drivel.

  16. James of the Glen

    Yes, remove one “has”, take your pick.

  17. .

    I last saw a male staff member in the ANZ branch I use…mm..might be 12 years ago. Possibly longer.

    Has Mike Smith has secreted all males, sans himself, in a remote building somewhere?

    What? Will the men rape everyone? What is going on here?

  18. James of the Glen

    “Will the men rape everyone? What is going on here?”

    I’m not sure about everyone, dotty, but at least I don’t have keep looking around while at the counter and the wimmin are safe. Small mercies.

  19. Des Deskperson

    ‘She also likes to mention Treasury Secretary, Martin Parkinson’.

    But only 22% of Treasury’s Senior Executives were women in June 2013, compared to 36% for the overall Australian Public Service. Still. I suppose Parkinson wasn’t there all that long. On the other hand, his predecessor, leftist caring sharer Ken Henry, had nearly a decade to do something about it

  20. johanna

    Treasury has always been a boys club, Des. It is partly cultural, partly because there is a lower proportion of women than men with the qualifications they want, and partly because it’s not very “family friendly” in terms of expectations to work long hours when required. Frankly, in my experience, not a lot ofambitious women want to work there.

    But as Des indirectly alluded, while the public sector is exempt from the legislation being discussed, they have reporting requirements of their own. Oh yessirree, do they ever. I and my colleagues wasted huge amounts of time preparing annual data on things like (by pay scale) gender, Aboriginal and TSI background, non-English speaking background, disability and more.

    Some of it was for the State of the Service report, some for our own Annual Report, some for reports for other agencies, some just went into a black hole.

  21. .

    I’m not sure about everyone, dotty, but at least I don’t have keep looking around while at the counter and the wimmin are safe. Small mercies.

    Thank christ. If they employed more men on front counter, you never know what atrocities may be committed.

  22. hzhousewife

    My local branch has one male teller. He does the work of .02 staff.
    Terribly nice and good looking however, just slow as a wet week.

  23. Baldrick

    The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is managed by a Director of Workplace Gender Equality, with a small team of specialists to lead research, operations, advice and reporting, and partnerships and communications.

    Helen Conway -Director

    Yolanda Beattie -Public Affairs Executive Manager

    Olivia Jenkins – Research Executive Manager

    Marion Higginson – Operations Executive Manager

    Vanessa Paterson- Advice and Reporting Executive Manager

    Dr Heidi Sundin -Education and Innovation Executive Manager

    Hmmm … not much gender equality in that lot!

  24. ANZ, probably the bank with the sloppiest privacy procedures. Smith could start with getting some of their internal stuff right. He’s got a big job there. They can’t keep a record of signatories to an account. They can’t have “A” & “B” grade signatories (even most ma & pa credit unions can do that), they haven’t got a working procedure to prevent them giving client information out to strangers. They are a laughing stock among customers.

    And he’s going to be able to meet an onerous standard of reporting on “gender in the workplace”? ROFL.
    Won’t happen.

  25. Hmmm … not much gender equality in that lot!

    You could be right Baldrick, but be a good idea to check their photograph first, after viewing that you may change your mind about a couple of ‘em!

  26. Walter Plinge

    HR are is traditionally the dead-end department. If you get transferred to HR you know your career is over. You will go no further. Perhaps that’s where the ANZ shunts underwhelming women. Gender equality in recruiting has probably left it taking on a lot of deadwood to balance the numbers and give the PC appearance.

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