Companies aren’t logos, or buildings, or car brands. Companies are made of people, and the people who make up Holden come from all walks of life. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
We’ve taken a good honest look at ourselves, and in 2017, we’re focusing squarely on our road toward gender parity. That means creating a workplace in which women are supported, empowered and encouraged to not only succeed, but to define for themselves exactly what success looks like - in our offices, our plants and our dealerships.
When it comes to gender parity, the facts speak for themselves. Women remain shamefully under-represented in Australian workplaces, and if we’re honest, that also includes Holden.
It’s no secret that the automotive industry has traditionally been dominated by men. Today, our Holden workforce is far more forward-looking and modern, but many issues remain. In the year ahead, we’re aiming to bring all male employees of Holden on a journey of understanding about gender equality that leaves them asking, ‘How can I too step up, beside women, in their fight for equality?’ rather than leaving them asking, ‘What about me? What about my career?’
Let’s be clear: this isn’t about ‘men versus women’ or ‘us’ against ‘them’ –and we’re definitely not leaving anyone behind. We have the opportunity now to become a workforce that sets new benchmarks in our industry when it comes to male role models for equality. So no matter if you’re single, a partner, a spouse, a carer, or a parent, we’ll provide a workplace that helps you live your best life. Flexible work arrangements are available and actively encouraged, because everyone should have the opportunity to be the primary carer, if that’s what your family needs.
It’s unfair, it’s unethical, and it’s not who we are. That’s why we have explicit policies and processes in place to ensure equity across job roles.
We’re already opening up new opportunities for women at senior levels. GM’s CEO, Mary Barra – a globally influential role model – is a constant reminder that breaking barriers is everyone’s responsibility.
We’ll support victims of domestic violence, and provide education and assistance to both men and women.
This International Women’s Day, we took the ‘Be Bold for Change’ theme to heart and announced that we’re changing our reality and committing to becoming a gender-balanced workforce within 5 years.
The complementary strengths of women and men are essential to good decision making at Holden. And given women influence over 80% of car purchases around the world, it makes good business sense to focus on our female buyers and hire female employees. So there’s that, but it’s also just the right thing to do.
“Staying in an organisation that allows you to grow and progress and develop through various roles is something that Holden has allowed me to do” Joanne Stogiannis, Director – Dealer Excellence.
Be it the school run, caring for a loved one, or keeping your wellbeing on track, we’ll support flexible family-friendly work arrangements whenever we can.
This includes our great Magpies in the Women’s league, the inspirational Collingwood netball team and some grass roots community organisations. Why is this so important? We couldn’t explain it any better than our friend Moana Hope.
Like Holden, Amna is driven by a desire to dispel stereotypes of women. With AFL seen as a masculine sport, Amna believes it’s about redefining how people perceive femininity.
As the founder of the Auburn Tigers Aussie Football Club, Amna has been kicking goals to change perceptions of women in sport – especially Muslim women.
Amna features as part of our “Supporting the Drivers of Change” campaign. Holden will be rewarding one lucky individual with a $50,000 grant, for driving change in their community.