Mercer Australia awarded WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality


28 February 2020

Australia, Melbourne


Mercer is honoured to have been recognised by WGEA as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) for 2020.  This year, 119 organisations have met the high standards and rigorous assessment process required to become an EOCGE citation holder. The citation demonstrates Mercer’s commitment to encouraging, recognising and promoting gender equality in the workplace.


Ben Walsh, Mercer’s CEO, Australia said, "I'm incredibly proud of the work we're doing to progress gender equality at Mercer. This milestone is a testament to the journey we’re on and demonstrates we're moving in the right direction. But we won't stop now. Mercer will continue to drive a culture of inclusion and diversity where colleagues can be happy and successful because of who they are, not in spite of it."


Gaye Morris, People & Culture Leader – Mercer Pacific added, “Embracing our differences is core to our culture and values at Mercer. Our leadership drives Mercer’s gender equality strategy, and it’s our people who are making our aspirations come to life – thank you all.”


The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 and recognises that gender equality is increasingly critical to an organisation's success. Mercer joins an elite group of organisations with this citation including some major ASX listed companies and many of its corporate clients. 


Criteria for the citation include leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes. 


“Since its inception in 2014, the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation has provided a rigorous and evidence-based guide for employers to chart a course towards achieving gender equality in their workplaces,” said Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.


“This year, we strengthened the eligibility criteria by placing even greater emphasis on accountability, outcomes, evidence and internal reporting processes. I would like to congratulate all of our 2019-20 EOCGE citation holders for the extra effort and commitment it has taken to meet these additional rigorous requirements. All these organisations are at the forefront of the momentum for change towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. These industry leaders are showing other Australian businesses how to create a better and more equal future for both women and men.”




About Mercer

Mercer believes in building brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, with 76,000 colleagues and annual revenue of $17 billion. Through its market-leading businesses including MarshGuy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter or LinkedIn.


About the WGEA citation 

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.


The EOCGE citation commenced in 2014, replacing the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), reflecting the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace.


The EOCGE citation is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program that is separate to compliance with the Act.


Following a review of the EOCGE program in 2017, the citation was revised, effective from the 2019-20 period. The changes to the program include strengthened criteria against each of the citation’s seven focus areas and an emphasis on outcomes to demonstrate continuous improvement.


The criteria for the 2019-20 citation cover leadership, strategy and accountability, developing a gender-balanced workforce, gender pay equity, support for caring, mainstreaming flexible working, preventing gender-based harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.