GPT promotes an inclusive workplace where employee differences like sexuality, sex, gender identity, race, beliefs, age or abilities are valued. The unique skills, perspectives and experience that our employees possess promotes greater creativity and innovation that better reflects and servers the needs of our diverse customer base, ultimately driving improved business performance.
GPT is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace by providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, learning & talent development, promotion and remuneration, and is compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
GPT understands that executive sponsorship and commitment is key to creating meaningful change and thus a Diversity & Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) was established in 2014. Chaired by our CEO Bob Johnston, the DIWG includes representatives from all genders and levels of the business who come together to develop, implement, monitor and report on the Group's diversity initiatives in a number of key focus areas, including:
While GPT’s workforce is 52% female, the distribution of females across occupations and levels is uneven. At the senior levels of the business, females occupy 35% of roles in the top quartile by base pay, and 33% of Non-Executive Director roles on the GPT Board.
With that in mind, GPT’s Gender Diversity Strategy consists of a range of measures designed to:
- Attract and recruit qualified female candidates;
- Support property sector level initiatives to increase gender diversity;
- Identify and build a pipeline of high quality female employees; and
- Retain and successfully deploy female candidates in an environment where they can do their best work
In recognition of the challenges faced by our female employees, particularly during the years of their career when they may consider forming a family, the Group provides:
- 16 weeks paid parental leave
- Flexible work options
- Continuation of compulsory superannuation guarantee contributions while on unpaid leave; and
- Contribution to childcare costs to assist with the affordability of childcare.
The Property Male Champions of Change (PMCC) is another collaborative initiative GPT is actively participating in. Founded in 2015 by the Property Council of Australia, the PMCC aims to drive greater gender equality in the property industry and increase the number of women in leadership roles. GPT has been a foundation member of the PMCC and through our CEO, Bob Johnston, is today leading the action group ‘Mainstreaming Flexibility’.
GPT is also the major sponsor of the 100 Women in Property program, a national program to promote networking and sponsorship of talented females in the property industry.
Australia’s First Nation’s People
The GPT Group is committed to creating positive change within the First Nations communities in which it operates and in the broader Australian society.
Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and First Nations Peoples for the benefit of all Australians. GPT is focused on creating innovative programs that deliver impactful and sustainable change.
GPT’s First Nation employment and retention strategy aims to increase the participation of First Nation’s people in our workforce by offering employment opportunities, sponsored internships and graduate scholarships. From no individuals identifying as First Nations in 2013, First Nations employees now represent over 1% of the permanent workforce.
We develop and retain our First Nations employees by offering them opportunities within the organisation to broaden their skills and experience. The development activities include graduate and intern rotations and mentoring relationships. We actively seek to appoint our students into suitable permanent opportunities that become available and encourage our non-student group to apply for internal transfer and promotion opportunities.
In 2014 GPT began the process to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan and proudly submitted a Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation Australia. GPT launched its inaugural Innovate RAP on 12 October 2015. GPT's RAP houses the commitments and targets to make an important contribution to the journey towards Reconciliation and to improving the lives of Australia’s First Nation’s People. These commitments include:
- Continuing to build strong positive relationships and partnerships to support First Nations peoples;
- Promoting a culture of respect for the rights and interests of the Traditional Owners of the lands across Australia; and
- Building programs that create opportunities for First Nations employees to become the leaders of tomorrow.
GPT continues to offer cultural awareness training to our workforce, both face to face and as part of our Cultural Awareness Guide, promoting harmonious working relationships built on mutual trust and understanding.
GPT recognises that encouraging workplace diversity and inclusion is not just the socially responsible course of action but is also important in attracting and retaining the best staff. It also creates an environment where people have the best opportunity to perform to their potential as they can bring their whole selves to work.
Launched in January 2017, the GPT LGBTI Awareness & Diversity Network (GLAD), whose tagline is ‘Bring your whole self to work’, aims to foster a culture of inclusion at GPT where LGBTI employees can feel safe and comfortable in being themselves at work.
The purpose of the group is to:
- promote GPT's diversity policy,
- promote workplace inclusion, and
- provide education, support and network events with the aim that everyone is comfortable to bring their "whole self to work".
Speaking at the launch, GPT Regional General Manager and GLAD Lead Antony Keenan observed, “For many LGBTI people, throughout their lives they have to hide who they are. You go to great lengths to cover that up so people don’t find who your real self is. It’s everything from being asked, ‘What did you do on the weekend?’, to ‘How you dress?’, ‘How you talk?’. You have to constantly think about how you are responding and there’s a lot of energy that goes into that, but what we can do is make GPT a safe place to be who you are. If you come to work bringing your whole self you don’t have to use all of that energy covering who you are, which ultimately will make you more productive as well.”
As a subcommittee of GPT’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, GLAD will roll-out education sessions across the Group in 2017 and has partnered with Pride in Diversity – the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion. The network has also established a social and ally network designed to include LGBTI employees and their allies in making all employees feel included.