‘Gender Inclusivity – Being Held Accountable’ was the main talking point on the second day of the 2018 Women in Leadership Summit.
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) CEO Ian Hansen joined a lively panel discussion, sharing WesCEF’s progress in this space.
Ian noted that the organisation aims to have a minimum of 40% of each gender in any team, in all parts of the business.
“It’s a big target and for some areas, particularly our operational areas, it will take longer to reach that balance. The commercial advantages though of not only having gender balance in teams, but also having diversity of culture, skills, ethnicity and background contributes hugely to our success in making the right decisions,” Ian said.
“We try at WesCEF to empower people to think differently. We need diversity of thought, new ideas and new ways of doing things and processes.”
Recognising that change has to come from the top, senior leaders at WesCEF regularly report on their commitment, involvement and demonstrable leadership in the area of inclusion.
“Over the last 18 months, we’ve done a lot of work exploring how gender balance and diversity drives business results and coming up with the relevant context, objectives and strategies,” Ian said.
“This focus on gender inclusivity is reflected in our leadership competencies which recognise the importance of having a mix of different leadership styles, which is why our leadership model is gender neutral.”