Gender Equality at Clayton Utz
In 2021 the Firm set a refreshed Gender Equality Strategy. A priority area under this strategy is ensuring that we have a safe and respectful workplace. We have been proactive in updating our policies, education and training around sexual harassment. We have reflected on, and responded to, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner's Respect@Work Report as well as industry discussion and developments such as the Law Council of Australia's National Model Framework for Addressing Sexual Harassment.
Other key gender equality initiatives for us are:
- introducing a new parental leave policy – an important feature of which is better supporting fathers;
- supporting our carers more broadly through "Circle In", a comprehensive digital platform that provides support tailored to every stage of parenthood, family type and care-giving responsibilities, as well as support for people who are managers;
- ensuring ongoing accreditation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace; and
- working towards the Law Council of Australia's targets for equitable briefing.
Our thinking and approach are influenced and enriched by our active membership or sponsorship of key employer support groups such as the Diversity Council of Australia, Diverse Women in Law, Parents at Work, Women on Boards and Women in Banking and Finance.