Specialist lender champions gender equality in the industry

by AB19 Jul 2016
Specialist lender La Trobe Financial has said it is determined to play a role in narrowing the gender gap, after being recognised as a complying organisation for gender equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

“Diversity and inclusion is a critical business issue at La Trobe Financial,” La Trobe’s president and CEO, Greg O’Neill said. “Of our 180 staff, 65% comprise of women.” 

“We have a business and moral responsibility to build an inclusive culture, and gender equality is a key focus for us.  We value difference and appreciate the variety of perspectives that this brings to our business.  We know that if our people are able to be themselves at work, they are more engaged and productive.”

La Trobe’s vice president and head of human resources, Bev Christou, said La Trobe embraces the opportunity to be an agent for change for gender equality.

“It is critical to our business success and to delivering the best services to our clients.  Through internal networks and groups, education, measurement and management, we work closely with our leaders and our people to support their careers and our business goals. 

“We share best practice and collaborate to further develop our unified diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives throughout the organisation.”

According to O’Neill, most of the lender’s successful employees ranked by its company awards each year have been women.  

Out of La Trobe’s 180 staff, over 30 employees have worked with La Trobe for more than 10 years, and 19 of these are women. 

“That says a lot for a company,” O’Neill said.