Gender equality at Baxter Australia
“Baxter proudly supports both men and women in their pursuit to achieve a balance between work and family responsibilities. Our employees access programs such as paid parental leave, flexible work arrangements, pay equality and a safe work environment.
“We recently introduced a family violence policy to enable employees to take additional paid leave during instances of domestic violence, These practices not only ensure our compliance to government requirements and legislation, but support one of our goals to be a great place to work.”
Steve Flynn, General Manager Baxter ANZ
The Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) recently confirmed Baxter Healthcare in Australia complies with its policies on Gender Equality.
Last year, the WGEA awarded an Employer of Choice citation to Baxter for our overall approach to gender equality and for creating an inclusive work culture within the company.
What drives our approach to Gender Equality
The underlying belief driving Baxter’s approach is that managers and employees have a shared responsibility in creating a culture that achieves a healthy blend of work, personal and family life.
Baxter in Australia has a number of policies which support this approach. They include:
- Proactively supporting women to succeed in leadership roles through accelerated learning programs, networking, mentoring and coaching opportunities.
- Employment practices that ensure pay equality based on merit rather than gender.
- Actively encouraging men and women to take 12 weeks paid parental leave; recognising the needs of the family unit regardless of gender.
- Formal processes for applying for flexible working arrangements, encompassing; part-time work, job sharing and flexible working hours.
Global inclusion and diversity at Baxter
Globally, Baxter has had a long standing commitment to workplace diversity and gender inclusion. This is based on the understanding that an inclusive culture and diverse workforce will contribute to Baxter’s success and sustainability by driving innovation and creating trusted relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and community partners. For more on Baxter's inclusion and diversity efforts please see www.sustainability.baxter.com/priorities- goals/our-people/inclusive-and-diverse-workplace.html.