ISS Australia and NZ launches Inclusion & Diversity strategy

ISS Australia and New Zealand to close gender pay gap by 2019 and increase women in leadership roles by 40 per cent.

ISS Australia and New Zealand has launched its new Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Strategy for 2019-2020, with the service provider aiming to close the gender pay gap by 2019 and increase the number of women in leadership roles by 40 per cent.

Scott Davies, ISS Australia and NZ CEO, said the company, which employs 14,000 people across the Pacific, has a comprehensive strategy to achieve its I&D vision of a balanced and inclusive workforce.

“We have a range of I&D targets covering a range of I&D metrics such as pay equity, leadership, talent pipeline, gender composition, flexibility and providing greater opportunities for Indigenous and disadvantaged job seekers,” Davies said.

Priority targets for the global facilities services company include closing the gender pay gap by 2019, reaching Indigenous Employment target of 3 per cent and increasing women in leadership roles to 40 per cent.

ISS Australia and NZ current has a 50/50 male/female split of its front line operations, with more than 130 languages spoken and 143 nationalities represented in its business.

Liz Turner, executive general manager – operational excellence, said ISS aims to be an employer of choice across Australia and NZ.

“Our research has also shown that a more balanced organisation will drive improved performance through better decision making and innovation.

“We will also increase our ability to attract top talent and we aim to become an employer of choice for gender equality across Australia and New Zealand.”

ISS has employees and activities in more than 70 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Pacific, serving thousands of both public and private sector customers.

In December the company announced its plan to axe 100,000 jobs and exit 13 emerging markets including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania. These countries represent 12 per cent of the group’s revenue and 8 per cent of its operating profits.

The process is expected to be completed by 2020, with the number of customers to be to reduce by 50 per cent (from 125,300 to around 62,700). The number of employees is expected to reduce by 20 per cent (from 490,000 to around 390,000).

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