FMG Boss on Gender Inequality and Skimpy at Diggers and Dealers

“Stakeholders are now clamoring for change, as large Australian companies see examples of simply unacceptable standards of conduct and culture, which must be guided by a new focus on diversity. We think we have to, “she said.


When asked what he thought of the tradition of placing slightly dressed women in Kalgoorlie’s bars, Gaines said that if the event wanted to improve diversity, there would be a place where women could go comfortably. He said he needed to make sure there was.

“I don’t know. I don’t know why someone wants to go. I just don’t understand. That’s a woman’s point of view,” she said.

“There aren’t many women who want to step into that environment.

“You have to have a much more appropriate place … and in fact it reflects the whole society. It is not the objectification of one part of society and the other part of society.

“But it’s unique to Kalgoorlie and some people like it. Who knows? Maybe it’s a big tourist attraction.”

The organizers of Diggers and Dealers used to stay away from skimpy. Please note that pubs and bars are free to arrange their own events and entertainment during the meeting.

Gaines said the FMG reached 19% of women’s employment, above the industry average of 15.9%, according to 2019 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

She’s seen in a recent Census of CEO Women that the number of women in senior management at ASX 200 companies is actually flat, with recent improvements at the board level. However, he said he was concerned about the shortage of senior executives. -The role of the suite.

“I think we need to put things in place to actually show support through the organization, especially to executives,” she said.

Gaines said COVID has a disproportionate impact on women and needs to create a new culture to change employment practices.

“When considering future employment, we need to make sure that the settings are in place to help women return to work, and that this entire part of the unaffected people is absent. “Find a way forward,” he said.

Hamish Hastie is WAtoday’s business reporter.

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