This page contains resources that listed companies may find helpful in implementing the diversity-based recommendations in the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations.
Adoption of diversity recommendations by ASX listed entities
ASX Compliance has commissioned independent research by KPMG on adoption of the diversity recommendations by listed entities since the recommendations first came into effect.
- 31 December 2012 to 30 December 2013: report; media release
- 31 December 2011 to 30 December 2012: report; media release (this report incorporates the results of the below report for 31 December year end only)
- 31 December 2011 year end only: report; media release
ASX Group policy
The ASX Group's own policies on diversity can be viewed here.
ASX has reported on diversity, including measurable objectives, progress towards achieving them and gender statistics for the organisation, since 2010.
- ASX Group annual report 2013 (page 31)
- ASX Group annual report 2012 (page 22)
- ASX Group annual report 2011 (page 45)
- ASX Group annual report 2010 (page 47)
Useful articles and resources
- Male Champions of Change: "Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership: Listening, Learning, Leading"
- Workplace Gender Equality Agency: About setting gender targets
- Women on Boards and Chartered Secretaries Australia: Guidelines for Gender Balance Performance and Reporting Australia
- Male Champions of Change: "Our experiences in elevating the representation of women in leadership: A letter from business leaders"
- Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies guidance: "ASX Corporate Governance Council Diversity Recommendations: Complying with Anti-Discrimination Laws"
- Legal guidance for listed companies on potential legal issues in implementing diversity measures, Herbert Smith Freehills, September 2010 (updated September 2013)
- New Corporate Governance Recommendations on diversity: Tips for getting started, AICD July 2010
- Complying with Principle 3: Strategies for Gender Diversity, Women on Boards and Chartered Secretaries Australia, July 2010
- New Corporate Governance Recommendations on Diversity. Early adopter case studies - includes a sample diversity policy
- Good Governance Guide - developing a diversity policy, Chartered Secretaries Australia, 2011
- The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women's representation on Boards Catalyst, March 2011
- ASX 500 - Women Leaders Research Note, Reibey Institute, June 2011
- The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards, Catalyst, October 2007
- Australia's Hidden Resource "The economic case for increasing female participation" - Goldman Sachs JBWere, November 2009
- What stops women from reaching the top? Confronting the tough issues - Bain & Company, Chief Executive Women - 2011
- Women Matter: Gender Diversity a corporate performance driver, McKinsey & Company, 2007
- Level the playing field: a call for action on gender parity in Australia - Bain & Company, 2010
- Flexible work models: How to bring sustainability to a 24/7 world - Bain & Company, 2010
- Women at the top of corporations: Making it happen - McKinsey & Company, 2010
- Moving Women to the top: McKinsey global survey results - McKinsey & Company, 2010
A number of organisations have helpful information on their websites regarding diversity.
- Diversity Council Australia
- Australian Institute of Company Directors (board diversity page)
- Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Chief Executive Women
- Women on boards
- Chartered Secretaries Australia
- Australian Human Rights Commission (Sex Discrimination)
- Queensland Male Champions of Change
The following links are provided for informational purposes only to assist listed companies to investigate resources available to them in undertaking diversity-related activities. See the important otice below regarding consultants.
- Diversity Council Australia (membership required)
- Diversity Partners
- Ernst & Young (partner with Chief Executive Women in implementing the CEW Chief Executive Kit)
- Positive Leadership
- Xplore for success
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