We recently held an event in Sydney – ‘Sharpening our Focus on Corporate Giving: Keeping Gender Equality in The Frame’ – in partnership with the Champions of Change Coalition and with the generous support of MinterEllison. The event explored the alignment of gender equality values in the philanthropy of Australia’s Top 50 Private and Corporate givers as listed in the Australian Financial Review.
The need for measurement was an essential element of the discussion and was the focus of the presentation by Garreth Chandler CEO The Evolved Group analysing the State of Gender-wise Giving Survey results 2023.
Garreth noted ‘what gets measured gets done’ underscoring the aims of the Australians Investing in Women’s State of Gender-wise Giving Survey, as a transformative tool for gauging commitment, progress, and impact towards gender equity from our nation’s largest corporate and philanthropic organisations.
The panel discussion, led by Catherine Fox AM, featured AIIW Chair and Chair of the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce, Sam Mostyn AO, and Ian Silk, Former CEO of AustralianSuper and Chair of Crown Resorts Melbourne. Panellists and guests delved into the systemic nature of the challenges faced by women and the need to challenge biases that undermine women’s progress.
Sam Mostyn AO, discussed embedded cultural gender norms and emphasised that true change and progress begins with leadership belief. She called on leaders to recognise that the road to gender equality is not about ‘fixing women’ but that societal structures and policies need to evolve. She called on men to support pathways for women that promote equal respect and opportunities.
The ability to influence gender equality through funding decisions was highlighted as a potent force for change.
Ian Silk challenged philanthropic organisations and corporations to recognise and fully leverage their power to focus on equity for women.
He also echoed Sam’s words “the biggest thing for me about what men can do to aid women and facilitate a great agenda equity in workplaces, is to take more caring responsibilities making space for women to step in. And I’ve seen that happen.”
The event concluded with Annika Freyer, CEO Champions of Change Coalition’s call to action, identifying five critical steps for change as outlined in our joint resource, Sharpening our Focus on Corporate Giving: Keeping Gender Equality in The Frame – Leadership, Strategy, Process Interventions, Measurement and Reporting, and Supporting NFP Partners.
Thank you again to all of our guests, presenters and panellists, and to our generous hosts MinterEllison for supporting this event and sharing in our vision to make gender equity an expectation, not a consideration, and fostering a more inclusive and equal future for all.
See other articles for an overview of the State of Gender-wise Giving Survey Results 2023 and a case-study on the application of a gender lens from ANZ’s corporate giving team.
Click to watch the panel discussion in full on our YouTube channel.
For more information and links to resources and research shared in the discussion, please explore the Research and Resources section of our website.