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15 March 2012

Cooper Grace Ward named as EOWA Employer of Choice for Women 4 years running

The only Queensland-based law firm to have received the citation four years in a row, Cooper Grace Ward is one of 16 national Law firms and only 14 Queensland organisations to be awarded the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women certification. 

Cooper Grace Ward Managing Partner Chris Ward said the firm had continued to enhance existing and introduce new initiatives to ensure it was a best practice culture first and foremost. This obviously includes the appropriate strategies and settings necessary to achieve the EOCFW citation. Achieving it for the fourth year running demonstrates this is not about ticking boxes but having long-term robust strategies to address the key issues.

“With 72 per cent of our team made up of female team members this is a very important, independent recognition for our achievements in developing a positive workplace culture supportive of all team members, particularly women,” Mr Ward said.

And the war for talent is heating up, according to Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Director, Helen Conway.

Speaking at the launch of the 2012 EOCFW list in Perth, Ms Conway said Australian business leaders understood the citation was a major drawcard in the war to attract and retain the best people.

“The leaders of the organisations on this list recognise there is a competitive advantage to be obtained by employing a diverse workforce,” Ms Conway said.

“They are attracting women into non-traditional roles where there are skills shortages, reaping the rewards of increased retention rates, and realising the benefits of flexible work practices.”

“Leaders from across Australia from a diverse range of industries are realising the business benefits of receiving the EOCFW citation. This year’s successful applicants are the trailblazers in the war for talent and I congratulate them for their innovation and commitment to improving gender equality in the workplace,” Ms Conway concluded.

The EOCFW citation is awarded to non-government organisations with more than 100 employees that have demonstrated they have policies and practices supporting women across the organisation, achieving positive outcomes for both women and the business.

For further Cooper Grace Ward information please contact Neil Baker, Director – People and Culture via neil.baker@cgw.com.au

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