Why the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is not good enough

I’ve been seeing the logo for the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality around and my first thought was – well, is that really good enough when it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

Only today I decided to have a look at the companies that have this “Employer of choice“.

The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations’ active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Monash University has this accreditation but they stole at least $8.6 million from casual workers.

Ampol is also a WGEA and look at their board in 2020 from their annual report (page 25). Did you notice that they are all presenting as white?

Photo of 8 senior executives at AMPOL that are all white

Yet they are in the top 100 for gender-equal companies in the world!

In acknowledgement of our focus on gender equality, we were ranked 26th on Equileap’s Global Top 100 gender-equal companies. (page 22)

When you start with the frame of intersectionality, just like in the Intersectionality Spectrum below, you don’t run into these problems, because you see the forest before you see the trees. IN the image below it shows why it is important to start with intersectionality first.

View of graph where the degree of difficulty is the y axis. This increases as the graph goes to the right.


What do you think?