"Maintaining an environment that fosters inclusion and celebrates diversity is fundamental to achieving an empathetic culture. By embracing our differences at BOQ, we will deliver a better experience for our people and customers. Diversity of thought and gender equality enables us to innovate and transform, so we can truly reimagine banking.” George Frazis, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
BOQ is a strong advocate for supporting women in the banking and financial services industry. Our particular focus is on expanding the representation, engagement and development of women in leadership positions. BOQ is proud to hold the Work180 Endorsed Employer for Women accreditation for 2020, with a financial year target of 44 per cent of female leaders (currently at 42 per cent).
BOQ has made key changes to our parental leave policy, increasing parental leave entitlement from 13 to 16 weeks, and now offers four weeks parental leave for the secondary carer. We have also removed the waiting period for all permanent employees and are continuing to pay superannuation during parental leave.
BOQ also has an internal Women Ignite Network (WIN) that regularly hosts internal events aimed at empowering, educating and encouraging BOQ employees, regardless of their gender identity. The aim of BOQ’s WIN is to support and advocate for women by growing self-confidence, expanding connections and overcoming any gender bias that stands in the way of personal and professional development.
In 2021, BOQ was awarded the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality is a voluntary best-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations with an active commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace.