ANZ: another great example for diversity

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We recently highlighted Australia’s track record on diversity in business and interviewed senior finance executive Cleide Pereira as well as Marshall McAdam’s most recent recruit, Moran New, on how professionals from diverse backgrounds can successfully develop their careers in Australia.

Now one of Australia’s leading banks is making strides in another important aspect of workplace diversity and improving gender balance. To bring a more diverse perspective to their recruitment process, ANZ’s Chief Human Resource Officer, Susie Babani, recently announced significant changes to the leading bank’s recruitment process.

The changes mean ANZ now requires at least one female to be formally interviewed for every role and every interview process will now also need to include at least one female interviewer. The move sits in line with the bank’s commitment to increase the number of women in leadership roles.  

Other initiatives implemented by the bank is a push for flexible working to be mainstream across the organisation (where feasible) with recruiting managers ensuring flexibility is not a question of whether a role can be worked flexibly but instead providing a business case to say why it couldn’t.

The bank’s commitment to diversity is inevitable with recognition as a mature age champion by the Federal Government and an Employer of Choice for Women by EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency). Through its Reconciliation and Disability Action Plans, ANZ is also committed to meeting significant targets for the employment of Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities. 

“Diversity & Inclusion is high on the agenda for ANZ - we believe in the inherent strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences of all our people help us to connect with our customers, innovate and make better decisions for our business.” 
Helen Cassidy, Talent Acquisition Manager, ANZ

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