Fortescue recognised for gender equality efforts

Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group has been acknowledged for its focus on creating a gender-equal environment across the company.

Launched today, the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) measures gender equality across internal company statistics, employee policies, external community support and engagement, and gender-conscious product offerings.

Fortescue is the only miner named amongst the six Australian companies recognised in the Bloomberg Index, with the remaining five all from the financial sector.

The iron ore miner has been hailed as one of the industry’s most gender diverse companies in recent years. This was reinforced late last year when it appointed Elizabeth Gaines as its first female chief executive officer to replace Nev Power in February.

In 2018, the GEI represented 24 countries and regions. The 104 companies listed globally are from a variety of sectors, including communications, consumer staples, energy, financials, materials and technology.

“We commend the 104 companies included in the 2018 GEI for their efforts to create work environments that support gender equality across a diverse range of industries,” Bloomberg chairman Peter Grauer said.

“Their leadership sets an important example that will help all organisations innovate and navigate the growing demand for diverse and inclusive workplaces.”

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