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.