SkyCity Entertainment Group’s New Gender Balance Strategy
By 2023 SkyCity Entertainment Group is aimed to achieve a new level of gender representation in its senior management team.
The entertainment and gambling company, based in New Zealand, has adopted a new vision according to which 40% of senior management staff should be female and 40% – male. The remaining 20% of executives can represent any gender.
Chief People & Culture Officer at SkyCity, Ms. Claire Walker has commented on the new vision saying that
SkyCity has been continuously working on ensuring gender balance in higher leadership positions in all 4 levels of the group. The key to success was the elimination of any kind of bias and discrimination in the hiring process and providing growth opportunities for female employees thus ensuring that they will reach the senior management positions.
Ms. Walker also stresses that SkyCity is working on very delicate issues like the wage gap between ethnic groups and empowering women from ethnic minorities as well. Second-year in a row SkyCity was awarded for its commitment to gender equality and the creation of a non-discrimination working environment.
The Chief Executive Officer of SkyCity, Mr. Michael Ahearne also spoke about the importance of gender equality in the company, noting that
Gender quality in senior management positions is not only just but also profitable for the business and its governance. SkyCity exhorts other big corporations in Australia to adopt the 40:40 policy as it will ensure real change also enjoying the advantages of having just and better-performing companies.