The Group’s gender diversity initiatives and awards during the 2016 financial year include:
• Male Champions of Change: the Group Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Thorburn is a member of the Victorian coalition of the Male Champions of Change strategy. This group consists of Victorian based leaders of global, national and iconic local organisations who have committed to step up beside women to advance gender equality in their organisations and the community.
• Panel Pledge: our senior leaders have pledged that, whenever NAB is invited to be involved in or sponsor a panel or conference, we will inquire about the organiser’s efforts to ensure women are represented.
• Talent Acquisition: NAB strives to ensure that a mix of men and women are short-listed for all management roles, and that hiring decisions are made by interview panels comprised of both men and women where possible.
• Realise and Senior Realise program: NAB offers a range of learning and development programs in Australia and New Zealand including the ‘Realise’ and ‘Senior Realise’ programs, which aim to further equip female employees with the skills, knowledge and tools to transition into senior and executive management roles. To support regional Australian employees and offshore employees in Asia, London and New York, NAB also offers virtual Realise and Senior Realise programs. For the fourth year running, a tailored program has been extended to not-for-profit and business customers with limited access to development programs.
• NAB Board Ready program: women in management positions are actively encouraged to join NAB subsidiary boards via the NAB Board Ready program, which is designed to educate and prepare women in senior positions to become directors of NAB Group companies. The program focuses on building competence and confidence by providing the training and development needed for women to successfully pursue positions on NAB subsidiary boards as well as external not-for-profit boards. Catalyst, a global organisation that supports the advancement of women, has recognised NAB for this program.
In addition, the Group’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives during the 2016 financial year include:
• Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards (AWEI): the AWEI provides a national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion which is designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture. In 2016, NAB placed 7th Australia-wide.
• Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) 2015 – 2016: the AAP outlines NAB’s commitment to improving accessibility for our employees, customers and the community and focuses on providing long term, sustainable results.
• Champions for Change (CFC): BNZ CEO Anthony Healy is a founding co-chair of CFC, launched in New Zealand in November 2015. This initiative brings together a group of New Zealand CEOs and Chairs from across the public and private sectors who are committed to raising the value of diversity and inclusion within their organisations and implement strategies to actively promote the concept amongst peers.
• Diversity Council Australia – Future Flex: NAB reinforced its commitment to flexible working by co-sponsoring the Diversity Council Australia’s Future Flex research project. The research project aims to provide organisations with practical tools to mainstream flexibility within their organisations.
• Ethnic Business Awards 2016: these awards continue to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in the Australian business community. NAB is proud to be the founding partner of the Ethnic Business Awards and a major sponsor again in 2016.
• Reconciliation Action Plan: since our first RAP was released in 2008, the Group has worked hard to lift its Indigenous engagement through a long term partnership approach. The 2015-17 RAP celebrated seven years of achievements in employment, financial inclusion, business partnerships and lifting cultural understanding – establishing three years of targets through to 2017. NAB employs more than 200 Indigenous Australians and since 2008 we have provided more than 25,000 Indigenous Australians with access to over $20 million in safe, affordable microfinance products and services in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance. NAB is a strong supporter of Indigenous business, backing Indigenous customers and including Indigenous suppliers in our supply chain. NAB’s most recent RAP has continued to be awarded elite ‘Elevate’ status, recognising the transparent and accountable approach to disclosure.