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EOCGE recognises Viva Energy for gender equality

Australian Shell licensor, Viva Energy, has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE), by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The citation acknowledges companies that actively promote a commitment to driving and implementing change for workplace gender equality.

In 2017, Viva Energy announced it would offer employees a full-time superannuation payment of 12 per cent base salary for up to five years during work periods of unpaid parental leave and part-time employment.

“I am thrilled that we have been recognised for our focus on improving gender diversity and the strong leadership position we have taken in helping our employees, particularly women,” said Viva Energy CEO Scott Wyatt.

Wyatt, an ambassador for WGEA, anticipates the policy will make beneficial inroads to the retirement savings of female employees who traditionally take off extended time to have children and often return to work part time. The policy also applies equally to men.

“I am enormously encouraged by the increased commitment from corporate Australia to addressing workplace gender equality as evidenced through this year’s EOCGE citations,” he said.

Voluntary practice recognition programs are conceived by EOCGE to help promote an active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Libby Lyons, Director of WGEA, said the current initiatives on paid parental leave, addressing gender pay gaps and supporting women in leadership were exciting.

“Employers like Viva Energy are setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow,” said Lyons.

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