Gender Equality at AECOM
At AECOM, we believe diversity is good for business. As one of only 90 Australian businesses to be named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, we want to ensure both women and men receive the same opportunities to build their careers.
Our clients have also told us how important it is to do business with firms that are showing real leadership in addressing the issues of pay inequality and unconscious bias and we know that, if we want to remain an employer of choice and trusted client partner, demonstrating a commitment to discussing these issues and, more importantly, acting to address them, is essential.
Providing career support and networking opportunities for women across our business is a key focus area. Our mCircles network, for example, provides mentoring opportunities for women and a forum to discuss, explore and support. Online, meanwhile, debate and discussion are flourishing across geographies through our WomenExcel group on our internal social media platform, Chatter.
We are also focussing on long-term development opportunities such as promoting more women from within the organisation, and hiring more women into leadership roles from outside our business.
We believe that conducting gender pay reviews when we first hire women will help, along with ensuring that salaries of women on maternity leave keep up with their peers who have not taken a career break.
But it’s not just about making it easier for women to access appropriate career support and networking opportunities internally. Our Chief Executive, Australia New Zealand, Lara Poloni, is one of 62 Australian business leaders to have signed on as an ambassador for the WGEA’s In Your Hands campaign, encouraging other business leaders to recognise pay equity as a key business imperative.
Lara has also led the development of AECOM’s successful Women in Infrastructure network in Sydney and Melbourne, and is involved in industry mentoring programs for the National Association of Women in Construction, the Committee for Melbourne, and Roads Australia.
Over the past three years with AECOM I have worked in the Highways team, the Drainage and Waterways team and the Transport Advisory team.
All teams have been very welcoming and assisted greatly with my transition from graduate to professional-level engineer.
Working in different teams has provided me with additional skills and improved my understanding of how different disciplines contribute to projects. This will be of value when undertaking future project management roles.
I have sought to continually acquire knowledge and skills from those around me. I believe there is always something to learn from others.
Something that I encourage all young professionals to do is actively seek out opportunities in different areas of the business.