International Women's Day

Empowering women and expanding female economic participation shapes a more equal future, strengthens communities and generates economic growth that benefits everyone.

As we pursue gender equality, we must first embrace a culture of equity, which enables achievement and social success for all genders by providing tools and resources to help overcome obstacles they may encounter. Adopting an equity mindset supports all people to reach their full potential and helps build a better future.

International Women's Day 2022

The United Nations theme is 'Changing climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.'

When we think about sustainability, we often focus on the planet and the urgent, widespread action that is required if we are to mitigate and manage the impacts of climate change; a challenge that cannot be understated.

But our future sustainability also depends on us building a society that empowers women and girls and offers them the chance to deliver to their full potential. One that enables us to innovate and respond to a broad range of societal challenges with the benefits that diversity brings.


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Creating a more equitable future

In this episode of the Macquarie Group Perspectives podcast, Kylie Fuller, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, hosts a discussion on what we can all do to create a more equitable future, and explores the parallels between the work needed to deliver gender equity and environmental sustainability.  

She is joined by Shemara Wikramanayake, Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO; Verena Lim, CEO of Asia and a Senior Managing Director in Macquarie Asset Management; and Vanessa Lenthall, Head of Energy Finance and Global Head of Mining Finance, in Commodities and Global Markets.

An inclusive and equitable workplace

As a services business, Macquarie has long recognised the importance of a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive and equitable workplace that delivers more innovative and sustainable solutions for our people, clients, shareholders and communities.

We understand that not everyone has the same starting point, and we work hard to embrace a culture of equity that identifies the barriers people face and provides support in breaking them down, allowing them to reach their full potential.

We are working hard to make our industry a place where women feel they belong and can thrive. We’re proud of our progress, with greater representation of women in our total workforce than ever before, but are committed to continue doing more.


Supporting gender equity initiatives globally

To support, inspire and educate women and girls around the world, and to help give them the chance to deliver to their full potential, we actively host and participate in a range of initiatives.

Girls Who Invest

is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry in the US.

The Women’s Foundation

exists to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of Hong Kong society.

The NavGurukul initiative

provides an alternative to college education for low-income youth and young women from rural and tribal regions in India.

Macquarie Investing in Women RISE Fund

unlocks investments for women-owned and women-led small and medium sized businesses in the Philippines.

Macquarie's Female Business Series

is a 12-month development program in EMEA for women in their first year of university and interested in exploring a career in the banking and finance industry.

Learn more about how our EMEA team are delivering on gender equity.

Empowering Women in Finance and Tech

is our annual event, providing girls in Australia the chance to learn about the broad sector career opportunities available in the finance and technology sectors and hear from female role models.

Watch the highlights from our 2020 in-person launch event

Empowering Women in Finance and Tech: investing in next generation leaders

Each year, we host an event that introduces young women in high school to the finance industry with the goal of empowering them to consider the career opportunities available in finance and technology.

This year, over 100 high school students joined us virtually to hear from our people – including Nicole Sorbara, our Global Chief Operating Officer – about their early career experiences in finance and technology and why they feel empowered by their future. 

International Women’s Day is, first and foremost, an opportunity for us to celebrate the contribution of women and girls across the world. But it’s also a time to consider how we accelerate the further change needed to build a better, more sustainable future. One that is more equitable, and offers women and girls the chance to deliver to their full potential.”

Shemara Wikramanayake
Chief Executive Officer

The impacts of the pandemic have eroded some hard-won gains in gender equity. As we look forward towards future challenges, it is more important than ever that we close the gender gap and ensure women and girls are equally represented in all aspects of society.”

Alex Harvey
Chief Financial Officer

It’s vital for women to be represented in future focussed areas and to be involved in driving change in critical areas of need – such as climate change. Without the equal representation of women in the development and implementation of solutions to these issues, we are restricting our scope of ideas from the outset.”

Verena Lim
CEO, Asia

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Discover some of the ways we are creating a workplace where every person is valued for their uniqueness and where different views and ideas are embraced.