- Shemara Wikramanayake
In every one of our offices across 32 markets around the world, you’ll find individuals from diverse backgrounds with different ways of thinking, different skills and different experiences. At Macquarie we value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings and recognise that inclusion ensures all our people are empowered to innovate and invest for a better future.
We recognise that our people often have multiple, intersecting identities and so our strategy focuses on ensuring that everyone feels that they can bring their whole selves to work. Within Macquarie we sponsor groups, committees and employee-led initiatives that connect those from across the organisation so that they can collaborate and learn from each other.
We recognise that equity, success and personal empowerment must be available to all our people as a right, not a privilege, and we must continue our efforts outside and inside the workplace to build a future that secures these rights for everyone.
We are committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative workplace where we celebrate our diversity and empower our people of all cultures, races and ethnicities. Our current workforce is made up of people from 68 nationalities, speaking 76 languages. We provide resources to upskill and encourage our people and leaders to have open discussions on cultural diversity, with a focus on learning from historical and regional context as well as our employee’s experiences.
We recognise we don’t have all the answers today, but we are dedicated to addressing the conditions that fuel inequity – to create real and sustainable cultural change.
Principles of inclusion are embedded within our policies, practices and procedures, with workplace adjustments and technology available to all.
We promote awareness of visible and invisible disabilities, including through global campaigns. In FY21 we became a signatory to The Valuable 500 and partner with leading organisations to provide resources to ensure that everyone is empowered and enabled to succeed at Macquarie.
We are working to ensure our workplaces provide dignified access for our people and visitors, consulting with accessibility experts on the design of our new Sydney headquarters.
We aim to ensure all our people have the tools and opportunities to build diverse and exciting careers that adapt and reflect the changes in their personal lives. We support our employees through their parental leave with benefits enabling them to successfully transition to life as a working parent on their return.
Our global return-to-work rate after parental leave was 97% in FY2021.
We are accredited as a National Level 1 carer-friendly organisation by Carers+Employers and a Family Friendly Workplace by Parents at Work and UNICEF Australia, recognising our ongoing commitment to support our people with parent and caring responsibilities.
We are committed to honouring and celebrating First Nations history and culture as well as providing employment opportunities for First Nations people.
We aim to raise awareness through education and training, and develop long-term relationships with First Nations organisations, communities and individuals. We offer employee secondments with Jawun and are a long-term employment partner in the CareerTrackers program, offering internships to Indigenous students.
In partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation we have established a number of long-term partnerships with educational organisations such as the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, the Clontarf Foundation and Girls Academy to close the gap in First Nations educational outcomes.
We empower all of our people to manage their professional commitments to suit their own personal situation and equip our people managers to lead a flexible workforce.
Because we recognise that working flexibly means different things to different people, flexible working at Macquarie exists in many forms, and could include changes to hours, locations and patterns of work, study and exam leave or leave without pay.
We are committed to achieving gender balance at all levels across our organisation. Our focus continues to be on developing the internal and external female talent pipeline at both junior and senior levels.
We continue to maintain gender equity and transparency in all our remuneration, promotion and development practices. Each year we celebrate International Women’s Day, where we share our progress and the action we are taking to promote gender equity within our organisation.
As part of our focus to develop the external female talent pipeline, we actively promote careers in finance to young women. We sponsor female university societies and promote financial services careers to female school students to motivate and empower girls to consider a broad range of career paths.
We promote a diverse and inclusive environment for our LGBTQ+ people and clients, where everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work and be an ally. We do this through inclusive policies, ongoing education, awareness and community engagement.
Macquarie has achieved a Top 10 ranking in the Australian Workplace Equality Index four times, qualifying us as a Platinum Employer for LGBTQ+ inclusion. We are also #33 in the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and maintain a 100/100 ranking on the US Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
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